First lady officer receives gallantry award in Army

Hisar: Major Mitali Madhumita on Friday became the first lady officer to receive a gallantry award in the Indian Army.

She was honoured along with 21 Army personnel for acts of bravery and distinguished service at Military Station here during the South Western Command Investiture Ceremony.

Madhumati became the first lady officer to get Sena Medal (Gallantry) in the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said.

Two Yudh Seva medals, nine Sena medals (Gallantry), two Sena medals (Distinguished) and eight Vishisht Seva medals were presented by Gen Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command Lt Gen SK Singh.

Sepoy Jagtar Singh of the Punjab Regiment was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) posthumously, the spokesman said.

His wife Ranjit Kaur received the award on his behalf.

The soldier was martyred on June six, 2009 in an anti-terrorist operation in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir.