Nation salutes 22 young bravehearts
Started by the Indian Council for Child Welfare in 1957, the National Bravery Award was constituted to recognise children for performing outstanding deeds of bravery and serve as an inspiration for many others.
The list of awardees this year has 22 children.
One of the most prestigious of the National Bravery Awards —Bharat Award — is being given to Tarang Atulbhai Mistry from Gujarat.
Tarang Atulbhai Mistry
On the afternoon of March 8 last year, the 17-year-old boy saved four persons from drowning. On the occasion of Dhuleti, Tarang, like several others, had come to the banks of Narmada to take a dip in the river. Hearing the calls of help, Tarang jumped into the 20-25-foot deep water. He saved the lives of four people that day.
Akanksha Gaute was another such braveheart. On the night of June 2 last year, in Chhattisgarh, a group of miscreants started abusing Akanksha and her father who were on their way home. The miscreants started misbehaving with them. With nine years of training in martial arts and a black-belt in karate, 16-year-old Akanksha was unfazed. She beat up three of them.
Another child who was conferred the National Bravery Award this year is nine-year-old Stripleasemen
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