Army widow turns battle-ready officer

The 'veer nari' title given to army widows wasn't enough for Ruchi Verma; her husband Major Vineet Verma died in action in the insurgency-hit Balipara, Assam. She stepped out of the comforts of her home and virtually took over her husband's duty to the nation, enrolling herself at the Officer's Training Academy, Chennai last year. On Saturday, Verma, 24, was among the 185 cadets of OTA who were formally inducted as officers of the Indian Army.