Six Widows of the erstwhile Royal Indian Navy (RIN) sailors who took part in the RIN Mutiny of 1946 were honoured by Indian Navy on July 29, 2017 at a grand felicitation function held at Indian Naval Academy. The felicitation function was held to recognise the services of the RIN sailors who were dismissed from service by the erstwhile British Empire for their involvement in the rebellion. On behalf of Indian Navy, Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, Commandant, INA presented an honorarium of Rs One lakh to each Veteran sailor's widow during the function conducted under the aegis of INS Zamorin.
Members of Veteran Sailor's Forum (VSF) were also present in large number during the felicitation function. VSF, founded on 10 April 2008 is registered under Societies Registration Act XXI 1860 aims to provide focused attention to ex-sailors, their dependents and widows on welfare related issues. They also strive to assist them in their re-settlement and provide assistance to the needy and help them in their venture for charitable, social and philanthropic causes. The Chief of Naval Staff is the Patron-in-Chief of the VSF.
During the 6th and 7th Annual General Meeting of the VSF, a need to financially support the widows of RIN Sailors who participated in the 1946 Naval Uprising was felt and Indian Navy decided to provide financial assistance of Rs One Lakh to each of the participants. A total of 18 widows of erstwhile Royal Indian Navy (RIN) sailors have been paid an honorarium of Rs One lakh each.
The Naval Uprising, which lasted five days, began at the Bombay harbour on 18 February 1946, and soon spread to the then Calcutta and Madras before it was suppressed. Hundreds of sailors were discharged from service. Many of the communication branch RIN Sailors belonging to the state of Kerala played a major role in the uprising. This mutiny by Indian sailors of the RIN convinced the British that they would find it extremely difficult to control India should armed forces personnel also start to rebel against their rule and hence became a critical event to convince the British to grant Independence to India.