Shanti Tigga, she was no ordinary woman. She was the first female jawan in the Indian Army. She was 35 years old when she achieved this feat. She was the mother of two children. But the lady has something shocking to tell you. Her life and death, is one of India’s most tragic mysteries.
Nowadays women are breaking barriers and stereotypes in the country and some are bold enough to take the first step and pave the way. Defense service, especially on the ground, has always been the field of men. However, Shanti refused to bow down to social conventions. She was the first female jawan the Indian Army was honored to have. 35-year-old Sapper Shanti Tigga joined the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of Territorial Army (TA).
She was posted at Chalsa station in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. She had impressed the firing instructors with her skills in handling guns and earned the top-most position of a marksman. An official said that,
“With her overall performance in the RTC including physical test, drill and firing, she was adjudged the best trainee.”
She made her family and nation proud on becoming India’s first woman jawan. All was going good but then her life took a tragic turn. The nation got shocked when the news came that Shanti was kidnapped by unknown perpetrators on May 9, 2013. She was found blindfolded and tied to a post near the railway tracks the next morning. However, Tigga was not physically harmed by the kidnappers.
All that happened was bad but she had to go through the worse yet. She was subsequently hospitalized after her abduction. On May 13, 2013, her son raised an alarm when she did not come out of the cabin’s toilet for a long time. The door was smashed down by the police and railway officials and what they saw was utterly shocking. Her body was found hanging. It was said that Shanti was previously accused of taking the bribe with a promise of giving jobs to people. Based on this, and under the given circumstances, she was assumed to have committed suicide. Well, the actual reason is still unknown. her family members claim that she was murdered.