Uttarkashi : The last rites of ‘ mountaineer two daughters of Uttarkashi district, 26 – year – old Savita Kanswal and 23 – year – old Naumi Rawat, who was killed in the avalanche tragedy, were conducted separately in a somber atmosphere with a large participation of locals, who bid a tearful goodbye to the two. Both Nau mi and Savita were instructors at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering ( NIM ).
An accomplished mountaineer who overcame several challenges, Savita was the first Indian woman to complete the ascent of Mount Everest and Mount Makalu within a span of 16 days. Born in a lower-middle-class, farmers ‘ family in the remote Lonthru village of Uttarkashi, she was the youngest of four sisters. In an earlier interview, she had said comments about her parents having four daughters and no sons fuel led her determination. On Friday evening, the young achiever was given ‘ Jal samadhi ‘ ( water burial ), as is the tradition with unmarried women with no brothers. Madhav Bhatt, Savita’s uncle, said, ” Her 75 – year – old father wasn’t able to perform the rituals due to his advanced age. ” ” We dug a pit on the bank of the river and filled it with water before immersing her mortal remains in it and covering it with sand. “
Meanwhile, Naumi was set to get married in December this year. Her fiancé is in the Indian Army. The youngest of four siblings, she also aspired to join the defense forces but fate willed otherwise. Her cremation was held at her native Bhukki village.