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Indian NAVY loses its first woman officer in the line of duty

by Capt. Samarth Singh on March 30th, 2015

A native of a village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district Indian Navy Lieutenant Kiran Shekhawat lost her life in the recent Dornier aircraft crash off the coast of Goa.

Her loss has come at a time when many women’s rights groups and NGOs across the country are lobbying for a more wider role for women in the armed forces especially in combat roles.

Lieutenant Shekhawat was put to rest with full military honours at Kurthala village in Mewat, Haryana and the funeral was attended by several VIPs, politicians and personnel of the armed forces.

Lieutenant Shekhawat was an avid music lover, a fan of Enrique and had a passion for flying all along. She was assigned a flying role as an observer in the Navy tracking possible enemy vessels and threats within Indian territorial waters.

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