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Army aspirants go for removal of tattoos

If you want to feel the pride of being an armyman, sporting tattoos is not a good idea. The army disqualified 77 candidates for bearing a tattoo at a recruitment rally, at the beginning of the month.

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2012 20:02 IST
HT Correspondent

If you want to feel the pride of being an armyman, sporting tattoos is not a good idea. The army disqualified 77 candidates for bearing a tattoo at a recruitment rally, at the beginning of the month.


Wary of the strict condition, army aspirants in the region are now rushing to hospitals to get it removed. The army has also softened its stand a little by allowing tattoos on the back of the palm or inside area of the forearm.

However, in the craze and hurry to get it removed, there have been reports that some young men have tried to get rid of the tattoo by pouring acid or making the tattoo touch the hot silencer of motorcycles.

Gurpreet Singh, who had a tattoo near his shoulder, said, "I participated in an army recruitment rally. I was selected in the run, but was later disqualified because of the tattoo on my body."

He said that he was now undergoing the process of removing the tattoo at the local civil hospital.
Another aspirant Baljinder Singh also seconded Gurpreet and said he had been undergoing treatment at the same hospital.

Senior plastic surgeon at Amandeep Hospital Dr. Ravi Mahajan said: "For over a month now, a lot of young men have been reporting to us for the removal of tattoos."

The doctor added that both surgery and laser treatment were available and that the laser treatment left no scar. The tattoo was removed after 4-5 sittings, added the doctor.

Army recruitment director Colonel Nisar Seethi said, "At the last rally, we disqualified 77 candidates for sporting tattoos. We have relaxed the condition a little. Still, tattoos are not allowed on any other part of the body."

He added that aspirants who manage to remove the tattoo successfully could be considered again in the recruitment rally.

On a query, Seethi said: "We have heard that some aspirants are using methods like pouring acid etc on the body. Our advice is that the tattoos must be removed by a doctor and the prescribed procedure must be followed."