Another News item on Priya Semwal by courtesy of Free Press http://freepressjournal.in/slain-jawans-wife-becomes-lieutenant-in-army/
Slain Jawan’s wife becomes Lieutenant in Army
Recalling her tough journey to success, Priya said, she was not sure how to proceed with life after her husband’s death.But Colonel Arun kept encouraging her. “I had a daughter in school when my husband died. But Colonel Arun kept on motivating me before I realised that it would be only right for me to follow my husband into the Armed forces,” she said as her daughter hugged her. It was after her marriage that Priya had completed under-graduation and pursued a post-graduate course in MSc Mathematics besides obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in teaching. “I was employed at a coaching institute in Dehradun, my hometown, when Amit was killed,” she said. In her new role as Lieutenant, Priya would serve in the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME) Regimen where she will also earn a BTech degree. And her brother, Pravesh Semwal, who was initially doubtful if she would make it, humbly admitted, “Initially we were hesitant to let her take the plunge but later we backed her. Today, we are very proud.” Among those who watched the ‘historic’ commissioning of a widow as an officer, was Priya’s mother Vaishaka Semwal, who will take care of little Khwaish, while the Lieutenant proceeds to Leh in Kashmir next month to take charge of her first posting.