28 June 2022 16:11
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Indian-origin mother and daughter join Royal Australian Air Force

"Manjit and Khushroop are the first mother-daughter duo from India who has got an opportunity to serve in the Air Force of any other country.”

20-year-old Khushroop Kaur Sandhu, originally from Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab, India, has been recruited as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

This achievement comes five years after Khushroop’s mother Manjit Kaur got selected by the RAAF.

She is presently working as an aircraftwoman in the medical wing of the RAAF at the Darwin airbase in the Northern Territory (NT).

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Khushroop’s maternal uncle, Gursahib Singh, told local media that it was a double delight for the family.

“Manjit and Khushroop are the first mother-daughter duo from Punjab who has got an opportunity to serve in the Air Force of any other country. They have set an example for others.”

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Khushroop too followed in the footsteps of her mother and joined the Cyberwarfare wing of the RAAF.

Paramjit Kaur, Khushroop’s grandmother, added:

“People should not consider girls any lesser than boys. We have never stopped the women of our family from doing anything.”

Roop Singh Sandhu, Manjit’s husband, is also an Australian Government employee. The couple had come to Australia on a study visa in 2009 and later got the Australian PR in 2013, they took along their two daughters too.

Gursahib Singh said that after completing Class XII from Mata Gujari Public School in Muktsar, Khushroop cleared the RAAF test and has chosen the cybercrime wing after finishing her training.

She will undergo training at RAAF’s Wagga base in Sydney, New South Wales.

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