New Delhi: This Republic Day, the nation is saluting 22 bravehearts who battled deep waters, raging fires and injustice to save the lives of others. All of them are under the age of 18 and winners of the children's bravery awards. They were felicitated on Friday in a special award ceremony by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who said that their bravery serves as an example to the rest of the country.
The 22 include Ramdinthara from Mizoram, Tarang Atul Bhai Mistry from Gujarat and Koroungamba Kuman from Manipur. Fifteen-year-old Ramdinthara is the sole posthumous awardee. He lost his life while saving his friend from drowning.
Tarang Mistry though was all smiles as he received the award from the Prime Minister. The young man had managed to save four people from drowning in the Narmada. The youngest awardee this year was seven-year-old Koroungamba Kuman who saved his young sister from a devastating fire.
However, perhaps the biggest applause must go to a young girl from Delhi, Renu, who dared to expose the physical and psychological abuse at the shelter home she was staying in.