Interview of Karuna Singh Chohan widow of Lt Commander Dharmendra who died in fire mishap of INS Vikramaditya

Mhow: 29 year old Karuna Singh Chohan, widow of Lt Commander Dharmendra Singh Chohan who died onboard a ship last year has not only recovered from the shock but also has been selected as an officer in the army. Before joining her training at OTA Chennai on January 7, she interacted with the media persons on Sunday evening. Her husband lost his life when fire broke in naval aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya while it was about to touch the harbor in Karwar (Karnataka) on April 26 2019.

“As I received the information about the mishap, it was very hard to believe that I had lost Dharmendra only after 40 days of our marriage. I was in my in-laws’ house in Ratlam at that time. But I think the almighty was testing me as I had lost five of my close ones in a very short span of time and I thought God has chosen me for some great task and responsibility”, Karuna said.

She said that like every girl, she also had dreams in her eyes regarding her career and marriage. In career, she became an associate professor in Dayalbagh University and as a perfect life partner, she got Dharmendra. Dreams got shattered in a second and for some time, she was feeling broken but soon regained strength by the words of her mother-in-law Tina Kunwar Chohan and mother Krishna Singh.

District Sainik Welfare Organisation in charge of Ratlam Group Captain Irfan Khan is a frequent visitor to their house and he was the first person who motivated her for joining army. Then she came to Indore to a close family friend Col Nikhil Diwanji, under whose guidance she prepared for the interview. She spent all her time in Indore for this and was In Indore when she got selected.

“Actually there is a provision in the armed forces that the Veer Naris (widows of martyrs) need not to appear for the written exam and are called directly for the interview. So was with me also and I got first interview call from SSB Bhopal in September but I was screened out on the first day of the interview. Again I appeared for the interview on October 27 and this time I was able to cross all hurdles to reach the personal interview round. My interview continued for 55 minutes, probably the longest of all candidates. It was because that I was already nicely employed (professor) and secondly when my husband was in Navy, why I opted for army. Everything went well and I got success”, she said.

This Diwali was a very painful festival for Karuna because she was not having her beloved with her but Diwali also came as a blessing for her as she got mail regarding her success in the interview on this day only. She will join her training on January 7 for her 11 month long training for a technical officer. She will either join Army Service Corps or Army Ordnance Corps after her training depending on the vacancy.

On why she didn’t opt for navy, she said that she doesn’t like sea and coastal areas while she will be able to serve across the country as an army officer.



Her father Dr AK Singh was a medical practitioner and passed away in June 2014, after which all responsibilities came on Karuna’s shoulders as she was the eldest child of the family. By that time, she had completed her M.Tech. in biotechnology and joined Dayalbagh University in Agra as an associate professor.

She met Dharmendra in June 2014 and they decided to marry in that year only. They got engaged in 2018 and were married on March 10 last year.