Turning out to be inspiration for many, 30-year-old Kanika Rane the wife of Major Kaustubh Rane , looked completely different from the crowd at the Passing out Parade of the Officers Training Academy (OTA).

Kanika is the wife of Major Kaustubh Rane, who was martyred two years ago along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, and now she has fulfilled her husband’s dream by joining the army.

She has become an army commissioned officer after completing a 49-week course. Last year, Kanika passed the Service Selection Board (SSB) exam and in October she reached OTA Chennai for training.

Major Rane was among the four soldiers who were martyred in Bandipora in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir on 7 August 2018.

Major Rane’s father Prakash Rane said,” Kanika decided to join the army for her son who has a sense of service to the country. He informed that Kanika had passed the examination under special category for war widows of defense personnel. She had been preparing for the exam for a long time and despite the tragedy at home, we encouraged her to fulfill her dream.”

Similarly, Bahadur Major Kaustubh’s mother Jyoti said that I am proud of my daughter-in-law Kanika.

Rane’s family has been living on Mira Road, Mumbai for the past 30 years. A neighbor told, “Kaustubh kept in touch with his friends and neighbors despite posting in Kashmir and Ladakh. He used to play cricket with children during the holidays. Kaustubh was funny and respected the elders.”

Notably, Major Kaustubh Rane was stationed with 36 Rashtriya Rifles and completed six years of service in the army. He was survived by parents, wife Kanika and his young son Agastya. Major’s funeral was attended by around 30,000 people.