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The National Bravery Award scheme, initiated by the Indian Council for Child

Acts of Valour: Stories of the 25 Young Welfare (ICCW), was started with the aim of awarding children in the age
Lionhearts Who Won the National group of 6-18 years who display outstanding bravery and inspire other children
with their actions. The awards consist of five categories, including the Bharat
Bravery Awards Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award
and the General National Bravery Awards. The awardees receive a medal, a
certificate, and cash prize. Bharat Award winners get a gold medal, while the

B ravery is a state of mind. A healthy body helps, but the prime moving
others receive silver. As a part of ICCWs sponsorship program under the
Indira Gandhi scholarship scheme, each child also receives financial
force is the mind. Therefore, we need to make the mind strong, said Prime assistance to complete schooling.
Minister Narendra Modi as he presented the National Bravery Awards to some
of Indias most courageous children on January 23, 2016.
Here are the incredibly inspiring stories of this
From a 15-year-old who saved his cousin from a years winners.
leopard attack to a 9-year-old who lost her life
1. Tarh Peeju, Arunachal Pradesh
trying to save two of her friends from drowning
these 25 children showed incredible bravery in the
face of some very dangerous situations.
On May 19, 2016, 9-year-old Tarh Peeju drowned while saving her friends 3. Roluahpuii, Mizoram
Phassang Marry and Tarh Charu when they attempted to cross Pachin River in
Naharlagun. A Class IV student at Alphabet Public School in
Nirjuli, Tarh jumped into the turbulent river and dragged both Marry and Charu
to safety. However, she herself was submerged and swept downstream by the
strong current of the river. Displaying unbelievable courage, Tarh sacrificed her
life in saving her friends and was posthumously conferred the Bharat Award
(the top honour at the National Bravery Awards).

2. Tushar Verma, Chhattisgarh

Roluahpuii, a 13-year-old girl of Mizoram was given the Bapu Gaidhani Award
posthumously for her timely and valorous act that saved two of her
schoolmates from drowning. The incident occurred on the morning of March 3,
2016, when the teaching staff and students of a government school had gone
to Tuivawl river for a picnic. Roluahpuii was playing with her friends when she
heard the panicked screams of her schoolmates caught in a whirlpool in the
18-feet-deep river. Immediately diving in, Roluahpuii rescued two of her friends
and was helping others when she was herself entrapped by the strong current
and dragged inside the whirlpool.

Tushar Verma of Chhattisgarh was presented the Bapu Gaidhani Award for
exhibiting dauntless valour when his elderly neighbours house caught fire.
Tushar didnt just try to douse the flames, he risked his life and braved the
raging inferno to rescue the elderly couple as well as their three cows and two
bulls.
4. Payal Devi, Jammu and Kashmir 5. Sumit Mamgain, Uttarakhand

When 15-year-old Sumit Mamgains older cousin Ritesh was being dragged
away by a leopard at Manoharpur in Uttarakhand, he told Sumit to run away
and save his life. But the brave lad decided to fight the leopard and save his
cousins life. Holding its tail, he hit it with a sickle. When the leopard charged
towards him, he kept pelting stones at the animal till it finally ran away. For his
exemplary courage, Mamgain was awarded the Sanjay Chopra Award.
A Class 8 student from Jammu and Kashmir, Payal Devi lost her life in an
unsuccessful bid to save her 6-year-old niece Shefali and a 14-year-old boy,
Rakesh Kumar, from drowning. The incident occurred on the afternoon of 12
May, 2016, in district Ramban of Jammu & Kashmir. Due to cloud burst, all the
drains were overflowing. Payal was returning from school when she saw
Shefali and Rakesh being washed away in the turbulent Ladhwal nallah near
her house. Sensing danger, Payal immediately jumped into the 17-20 feet
deep water to save them but eventually all of them were washed away by the
flash flood.
6. H. Lalhriatpuii, Mizoram 7. Sonu Mali, Rajasthan

Another brave young girl from Mizoram, H. Lalhriatpuii won


the Bapu Gaidhani Award posthumously for sacrificing her life in an effort to Nine-year-old Sonu Mali had never seen a cobra until September 21 last year,
save her cousin. On the morning of March 18, 2016, Lalhriatpuii and her elder but on that day, as the snake sat prepared to attack Malis classmate, he held
brother were unloading goods from the car when, accidentally, the car slid the reptile with both his hands and took it to a field nearby. His mother said that
downward on the steep road with her 2-year-old cousin inside. Failing in his she was initially furious with him for risking his life, but later realised how
attempt to stop the hurtling car, Lalhriatpuiis brother moved back and advised courageous her son had been in his effort to save his friends life.
her to do the same as it had become dangerous. However, the determined
girl continued in her attempts to stop the car. While she managed to safely
pull her cousin out of the car, Lalhriatpuii was run over by the car and
succumbed to her injuries.
8. Badarunnisa KP, Kerala 9. Mohan Sethy, Odisha

A Class 7 student from Cuttack, Mohan Sethy was recognised for saving his
friend from drowning in a river. On June 28, 2015, Mohan and his friend
Sabyasachi had gone to Genguti river to take a bath. While frolicking in the
river, Sabyasachi accidentally slipped into deep waters. Seeing his friend
drowning, Mohan shouted for help but to no avail. He then desperately dived
into the water and dragged his friend to safety with the help of a cloth.

A Class 12 student from the village of Kalathumpadi in Kerala, Badarunnisa KP


valiantly risked her life to save her friend and her mother who were drowning in
a pond. On May 4, 2015, 15-year-old Vismaya and her mother had gone to a
pond to take a bath. The girl slipped into the water and started drowning. Her
mother Raji jumped to rescue her but failed in her attempt and started
drowning too. Seeing this, Badarunnisa immediately jumped into the 20-feet-
deep pond to rescue her friend and her mother and pulled them to safety.
10. Siya Vamansa Khode, Karnataka 11. Thanghilmang Lunkim, Nagaland

Thanghilmang Lunkim, a Class 6 student, was recognised for saving the life of
Fourteen-year-old Siya Vamansa Khode from Dharwad risked her own life to
another student after the latter had fallen into a river while crossing a river
save her 2-year-old brother from certain death due to electrocution. In April
bridge. On the afternoon of September 15, 2015, two students, who were
2015, Siya was playing hide and seek with her cousins when she decided to
brothers, were walking on the Mezoma bridge. As the bridge was slippery, one
go to the rooftop. The toddler followed her; but after playing for a while she
of them fell off it and was swept away by the raging current. His helpless
suddenly realised that her brother was nowhere to be seen. Horrified to find
brother screamed for help. Thanghilmang, who was returning from school,
him in contact with a live wire, she held him by his shirt (she knew touching
heard his screams and rushed to the spot. He jumped into the 5-feet-deep
him directly meant risking her own death) and pulled him away to safety.
river and swam almost 120 metres to reach the student. Getting a hold of the
drowning boy, he returned to the shore and pulled him out safely.
12. Praful Sharma, Himachal Pradesh 13. Tankeswar Pegu, Assam

Hailing from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, 9-year-old Praful Sharma won a Tankeswar Pegu, who hails from Rongamati Doital Gaon in Assams Golaghat
bravery award for saving his school bus from rolling into a ditch. The incident district, saved a woman from drowning in the Dhansiri river. On June 20, 2016,
occurred on December 13, 2015, when children of a school were on an Tankeshwar was going to tuition classes when he was startled by a voice from
educational tour. While returning from Dharamshala, they stopped for a short the river, screaming for help. When he looked around, he saw a woman being
break and alighted from the bus. However, one child fiddled with the brakes swept away by the river. Immediately jumping in, he managed to catch a hold
and the bus started moving down the hill. Praful, who was on the bus, rushed of her by the hair and pull her to the bank, saving her.
and jumped into the drivers seat, applied the brakes and stopped the bus. His
prompt action and sense of duty averted a major accident.
14. Adithyan MP Pillai, Kerala 15. Anshika Pandey, Uttar Pradesh

Adithyan Pillais courageous and selfless act saved three children from
drowning in a river. On May 19, 2016, three children, Jaibal, Abel and
Lucknow girl Anshika Pandey was conferred the bravery award for fearlessly
Maleesha, had gone to the Pamba river. While bathing, one of them
fighting her kidnappers on September 14, 2015. A Class 11 student, Anshika
accidentally slipped into the deep side of the river and started crying loudly.
was on her way to school when she was attacked by goons. They tried to pull
Seeing this, the other two children jumped into the water to save him but both
her inside the car and before she could scream for help, one of the goons
started drowning. Adithyan, who saw them, immediately jumped into the 11-
gagged her and tried to throw acid into her eyes. Not one to give up, Anshika
feet-deep river and caught Abel and pushed him towards the bank. Then, he
somehow shielded her face and fought back valiantly, forcing the goons to flee
asked Maleesha to hold on to Jaibal and catching a hold of Jaibals hair,
the scene. Anshika was found in a pool of blood by her friend Garima,
he pulled both of them towards the shore.
who immediately wrapped her hand in a handkerchief and took her home.
16. Naman Beniwal, New Delhi 17. Binil Manjaly, Kerala

A talented child actor from New Delhi, Naman Beniwal set a wonderful
Binil Manjaly from Kerala was returning home from a movie when his sister
example when he saved a child from drowning in a 12-feet-deep canal. While
Merin saw a 10-year-old boy wailing and calling out for help. Three of the boys
holidaying with his family in Sonipat, Naman noticed a child being washed
family members were drowning in Periyar Canal after the auto they
away by strong currents in the Bawana canal while trying to rescue his drifting
were traveling in accidentally fell into the 20-feet-deep water body. Binil
footwear. He jumped in, swam up to the child and brought him up to the shore,
instantly took off his clothes and jumped into the water. Catching a hold of the
thus saving his life.
boys mother, he brought her to the bank before returning to search for the
other two. However, despite his frantic search, he couldnt find them. Their
bodies were later recovered by the police.
18. Nisha Dilip Patil, Maharashtra 19. Akhil K Shibu, Kerala

Nisha Patil, a student from Bhadgaon village in Jalgaon district in Maharashtra,


was conferred the bravery award for saving the life of a 6-month-old infant
Purvi, who was trapped inside a room that was on fire on January 14, 2015. A
Class 12 student, Nisha was on her way back from college when she saw
smoke coming out from her neighbours house. Realising that the infant was
inside the burning house, she immediately entered the house and brought the
baby out.
Akhil K Shibus swift actions and presence of mind ensured that a man did not
drown in a 12-meter-deep river. When Harinarayanan was taking a bath at
Ramapuram ghat of river Pampa, he accidentally got entangled in the strong
current and was swept away into the deep water. Akhil and his friends were
playing football at the river banks when he heard the drowning mans panicked
screams. Akhil promptly jumped in and swam to rescue Harinarayan, who
desperately grabbed the boy. Realising that they were both going underwater
due to this, Akhil released him, went under the water and started pushing him 21. Moirangthem Sadananda Singh, Manipur
towards the shore and safety.

20. Neelam Dhruv, Chhattisgarh

Moirangthem Sadananda Singh, a 14-year-old from Manipur, was recognised


for rescuing his mother from severe electrocution. It was raining incessantly on
May 6, 2016, when an electric water pump (connected by an extension cord to
A native of Mujgahan village in Chhattisgarh, Neelam Dhruv had gone to the socket in the kitchen) short-circuited and exploded in a burst of sparks. When
nearby Sheetla pond on May 19 last year with her friend, 4-year-old Moirangthems mother tried to unplug the pin, she got a shock. Hearing her
Tikeshwari. When the 4-year-old suddenly slipped and fell into the deep side of cries, Moirangthem rushed to the kitchen and found his mother in the grip of an
the pond, Neelam jumped in, caught hold of her hair and pulled her out. Her electric current. He immediately broke the wooden curtain rod and used it to
uncle Sitaram Dhruv said that having lost her father at an early age, Neelam loosen his mothers hand before rushing her to the hospital.
had always wanted to help others in whichever way she could.
22. Akshit and Akshita Sharma, New Delhi 23. Tejasweeta Pradhan and Shivani Gond, West
Bengal

Akshita Sharma (16) and Akshit Sharma (13) were recognised for fearlessly
confronting two miscreants who had broken into their house, and capturing Tejasweeta Pradhan (18) and Shivani Gond (17) from Darjeeling, West
one of them. The brother and sister duo were returning from school on Bengal, helped the police and NGO MARG in uncovering an international sex
December 8 last year to their home in Malviya Nagar when they found the iron racket that led to the arrest of the mastermind in Delhi. The minor girls
door of their ground floor home open. They peeped through the window and befriended the traffickers on Facebook in May 2016. They then spent days
saw two burglars. When they entered, the burglars tried to escape but the duo communicating with them by telephone, convincing the traffickers that they
managed to catch one of them. Taking the bag from him, they raised an alarm, were willing to run away from home before leading them to the trap laid by the
following which some neighbours came and called the police. police. For showing immense courage in the face of danger and fearlessly
helping the police, the duo were awarded the prestigious Geeta Chopra Award.

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