While a brother's place cannot be replaced for a sister, Indian Airforce Garud commandos set an example of brotherhood on June 14, by performing the 'bidaai' ceremony for a fallen colleague's sister during her wedding ceremony.
Ashok Chakra awardee late Jyoti Prakash Nirala's sister - Shashikala's wedding ceremony conducted in Bihar's Rohtas, saw more than 20 of Nirala's colleagues attending to 'brotherly duties', on behalf of Nirala, as per sources.
Visuals show the bride leaving her maternal house after her wedding, proceeding with her husband. As she steps out of her home, the garud commandos are seen forming apathway with their hands, so that the bride's foot does not touch the ground.
Apart from attending the wedding, sources have said that these commandos have also shared the cost incurred in arranging the entire wedding.
Nirala lost his life two years ago on duty in Jammu and Kashmir. He was martyred in a gun battle with terrorists, in which he claimed six terrorists' lives. For his act of courage, the President of India had awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously. Nirala is survived by 3 sisters.
The Indian armed forces which is known for the deep bond they share among one another recently saw the loss of Major Ketan Sharma on June 18 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, after he was martyred in an encounter with terrorists in the Achabal area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district a day earlier.
Paying a grand tribute to their fallen brother, the Army tweeted its salute for the martyr. It said, “#ChinarCorpsCdr & all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Maj Ketan Sharma, the gallant officer, who was martyred fighting terrorists in Op #Badura (#Anantnag) & offer condolences to the bereaved family”
His funeral was attended by a lot of his colleagues, people from all walks of life. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army chief General Bipin Rawat also paid tribute to Major Ketan Sharma on June 18. The Defence Minister laid a wreath on the coffin of the officer draped with the Tricolour at the technical area of the Palam airport following which the mortal remains were taken to the Major's home in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.