The petitioner, through her lawyer Devaki Nandan Vyas, told the court that her husband had also participated in the 1965 and 1971-72 wars and had received honors ranging from Rakshak Medal to Samar Seva Star and Sangram Medal.
Rajasthan is another example of the government’s lax attitude. 30 years ago, a soldier’s widow was given land in this area in memory of her husband who was killed in a road accident. However, the government has not yet given the woman possession of the land. The Rajasthan government has now been strongly reprimanded by the High Court for not handing over this land to the woman within two weeks.
Rajasthan High Court bench comprising Justice Dinesh Mehta heard the case on Tuesday. If the land allotted earlier could not be given to the woman, the judge directed the government to give her land of equivalent value.
These directions were given to the District Magistrate of Pali and the SDM of Bali division on the petition of Lahar Kanwar, the widow of the late soldier Hari Singh. Lahar, through her lawyer Devaki Nandan Vyas, told the court that her husband was also a participant in the 1965 and 1971-72 wars, and was also awarded honors such as the Rakshak Medal, the Samar Seva Star, and the Sangram Medal.
Her husband had been killed in a road accident in 1983, Kanwar said. In 1991, the government had allotted two hectares of land to the widow of a war hero in Sanderao of Bali subdivision. The soldier’s widow was never able to get possession of this land and was forced to eat stumbling blocks in order to obtain possession.