Captain Shiva Chauhan of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army has become the first woman officer to be posted at the world’s highest and most treacherous border - Siachen Glacier.
Captain Shiva Chauhan has been appointed as the first woman army officer to receive an operational commission.
Army officials said that after three months of rigorous training, he was posted at the Kumar post in Siachen at an altitude of about 15,600 feet.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh wished Captain Chauhan luck. In a Twitter post, Singh said that he is happy to see more women joining the armed forces and rising to every challenge.
He tweeted that the best news! I am happy to see more women joining the armed forces and rising to every challenge. This is an encouraging sign. My best wishes to Captain Shiva Chauhan!
The army said that Captain Chauhan has become the first woman officer to be actively deployed in the world's highest battlefield. Siachen Glacier, located at an altitude of about 20,000 feet in the Karakoram range, is called the world's highest military base, where soldiers are trained. Have to deal with cold and strong winds.
In a statement, the Army said it is a proud moment for the Indian Army as Captain Shiva Chauhan has become the first woman officer to be actively deployed in the world's highest battlefield, Siachen. The appointment comes after a month's training with other personnel at the Siachen Battle School.
The Army also posted a video of Capt Chauhan and her troops atop Siachen glaciew on Twitter:
In the past, women officers were posted to the Siachen base camp at an altitude of around 9,000 feet as part of regular postings with their units.
Captain Shiva Chauhan of Rajasthan is a Bengal Sapper Officer. He did her schooling in Udaipur and later completed her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from NJR Institute of Technology, Udaipur.
She lost her father at the age of 11 years. Her mother took care of her studies.