News By/Courtesy: Gopika Sasi | 02 Sep 2020 16:40pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • She was the first woman to secure a second-highest rank of Lt. General in the Indian Armed Forces
  • She was also the first female Vice-admiral of the Indian Navy.
  • She was awarded 15 medals during her defense career

Today, women have earned a notable status in society. It was nothing like this some years back. Man and women stand shoulder to shoulder in every sector now. Some of the greatest fighters before independence include Sarojini Naidu, Rani Lakshmi Bai, and Savithribai Phule. They earned respect and honor from the majority of people. This showed that even though women are sensitive from inside, and have a delicate body, they can turn into mountains to fight and protect their life, their family, and even the nation.

 

One such woman is Punita Arora who is an inspiring woman and a notable officer of the Indian Army who illustrates courage and brilliance. She was the first woman to secure a second-highest rank of Lt. General in the Indian Armed Forces. She was also the first female Vice-admiral of the Indian Navy. She is the only female officer to achieve this deed for both the armed forces of the country. 

 

Born into a Punjabi family on May 31, 1946, her family moved to India during the partition when she was one year old. They lived in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh thereafter. Till 8th grade, she did her schooling from Sophia School in Saharanpur, later moved to Guru Nanak Girls Inter-College. She completed her schooling from Government school for boys and decided to take science as a career. In 1963, she joined Armed Forces Medical College, Pune which was the second batch of the AFMC and she turned out to be the topper of that batch. 

 

Lt Gen Punita was commissioned in January 1968. She was Commandant of AFMC before becoming Vice-Admiral of the Indian Navy.

 

Her entire defense career spans 36 years in which she was awarded 15 medals. She is also a receiver of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, and the Vishist Seva Medal. 

 

Her husband retired as a Brigadier. Before retirement, he used to serve the army as a dermatologist. Due to her efficient and prompt treatment provided to the victims of the Kalu Chak terrorist attack, she was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India.

 

30 Years Long Service Medal, 20 Years Long Service Medal, 9 Years Long Service Medal are also some of the honors bestowed to her.

She is nothing short of inspiration and motivation.

 

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Sep 2020 11:52am IST


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