National Bravery Awards are a set of awards which are given to about 24 children every year for their commendable acts of bravery.
This year 24 children (8 girls and 16 boys) have been selected as the winners of National Bravery Awards. They will be awarded at India’s 65th Republic Day celebrations.
Reshma Fatma is a 16 years old teenager of lucknow. She was kidnapped by her 38 year old uncle. The heart-wrenching part of this story was that her cruel uncle poured acid over her head when Reshma rejected his marriage proposal.
However, Reshma did not cow down. She fought against this and displayed exemplary courage by pushing her uncle away, managed to jump out of the car and report this incident to the police.
Reshma had to survive a lot with two surgeries and countless injections but now she wants to be an IAS office. She says “I want to be an IAS officer. I want to ensure the perpetrators of acid-attacks are punished.”
Reshma will be conferred with the Bharat Award – the highest of the National Bravery Awards – for 2014, and will participate in the Republic Day parade.
Initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare in 1957, the Award, which includes a cash prize and a citation, has been awarded to 895 children since its inception.
List of the other 23 Children
|S.No.||Name of Awardees|
|1||Gunjan Sharma (13 Year old) – Geeta Chopra Award|
|2||Devesh Kumar (16 year old) – Sanjay Chopra Award|
|3||Rumoh Meto (13 year old) – Bapu Gaidhani Award|
|4||Zeal Jitendra Marathe|
|5||Hiral Jitubhai Halpati|
|7||Ashwini Bandu Ughade|
|8||L Brainson Singh|
|9||G Tooldev Sharma|
|14||Aqil Mohammad NK|
|The names of children given below will be awarded Posthumous|
|19||Late Gaurav Kumar Bharti|
|20||Late Riya Chaudhary (15 year old) – Bapu Gaidhani Award|
|21||Late Monika (16 year old) – Bapu Gaidhani Award|
|22||Late Mesak K Remnalalnghaka|
The awardees receive a medal, certificate and cash. Eligible awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling. Some State Governments also provide financial assistance to them.
In addition, ICCW provides financial assistance under its Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme to those undertaking professional courses such as engineering and medicine. For the others, this assistance is provided till they complete their graduation. The Government of India has reserved some seats for the awardees in medical and engineering colleges and polytechnics.