The Indian Army went out of its way
To confer on her a rank
But now the army think-tank
Have arbitrarily gone and taken it away!
They had declared it an honor rare
And had given it to her midst fanfare
Now they confess an error
So they’re stripping the wearer
Her humiliation? The Army doesn’t care!
The Telegraph - New Delhi, June 23: Lieutenant Colonel Priyamvada Mardikar, the mascot of women in the Indian Army, has been asked by army headquarters to relinquish her rank. The officer was pipped (ceremonially conferred the rank) on International Women’s Day (March 8) last year. She is the only lady officer outside the medical corps to have achieved the distinction. In the hierarchical structure of the army, it is humiliating for an officer to be stripped of his/her rank. The treatment meted out to Mardikar — and put down to unresolved bureaucratic processes in army headquarters — can come to symbolise the level of professional frustration women in the army bear — a complaint voiced by the father of the late Lieutenant Susmita Chakraborthy, who shot herself last week. Read more about it here