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CRPF takes lead in celebrating Rakhi festival on a mass scale

Kashmiri women tied rakhi to Central Reserve Police Force jawans to reaffirm their faith in the brother-sister bond

Reiterating their faith in the armed forces and paramilitary wing of the country, Indian women across different regions, tied rakhi to their soldier brothers! What made it special for these soldiers and paramilitary personnel is that despite being posted far away from home, they got the affection of these sisters, who reaffirmed the brother-sister bond.

The Central Reserve Police organised the “Bharat Raksha Parv” at the Group Headquarters of the forces at the CRPF Campus, Jammu. Giving details about the event the paramilitary spokesperson said: “Rakhis were tied on the wrists of officers and jawans, and tilak was applied to their forehead by visitors, who also prayed for their long life.” Tying rakhi on the wrists of offices and jawans, the women wished for their safe and long life. The Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajendra Prasad attended the event along with other top officials.

According to CRPF Twitter, the festival was also celebrated in Srinagar and Budgam districts with the women tying rakhis on the wrists of their brothers from CRPF. Sweets and gifts were exchanged on the occasion.

The National Cadet Corps’ girls of the Government Degree College in Bhaderwah in Doda district too tied the sacred thread to Army soldiers at the camp. A video of the event showed a Border Security Force personnel stationed at the Samba district, being tied rakhi and the girl who did the honours said: “Today, we are celebrating the festival depicting brother-sister bond with our jawans, who are miles away from their families guarding the borders of the country. The purpose of our visit was to make sure that jawans do not feel that their sisters are not with them on this important day.”

The Borderless World Foundation, Jammu celebrated the festival with BSF personnel at Jammu. During the event 22 students and 14 staff members of the Foundation tied rakhis to officers and personnel of the force.

Not just Jammu and Kashmir, but other States too witnessed women tying rakhis to armed forces. At Chhattisgarh, women from the nearby Maoist affected villages came to Khorgaon camp at Narayanpur district, to show their solidarity with the troops by celebrating the festival with them.

In West Bengal, too women and children residing at the border villages visited the BSF camps and tied rakhis to the “Seema  Praharis”. In Siliguri, teachers and G.D. Goenka School expressed solidarity with BSF personnel by tying rakhis.

Likewise, the local community sisters of Mizoram in collaboration with NGOs visited BSF troops to celebrate the festival.