Six-year-old Bhoomika Murty and her twin brother Gagan were waiting for their father in the car when they saw a huge gathering of people. Curiosity got the better of them and they decided to see what the other were watching — a fight between two bulls.
Just then Bhoomika saw a baby near the herd of bulls. Afraid the animals would trample the baby, she told Gagan they should save the baby. Despite their young age, the children had the presence of mind to save an infant’s life.
This act of bravery did not go unnoticed. The two were amongst 20 children who have been chosen for the National Bravery Awards this year.
On Saturday the 20 brave hearts were presented before the public by the Indian Council For Child Welfare (ICCW). Decked up in the mandatory maroon blazers, the brave children were not undaunted by heavy media presence.
Representing 13 different states, besides the twins, the other recipients included Silver Kharbani (8), Yumkhaibam Addison Singh (10), Vishal Suryaji Patil (11), Shahanshah (11), Dinu K.G. (14), M. Marudu Pandi (13), Anita Kora (14), Rina Kora (16), Manjusha A. (14), Kritika Jhanwar (14), Hina Quereshi (15), Manish Bansal (16) and Rahul (11).
The awardees will be granted financial assistance to complete their education under the ICCW’s sponsorship programme. Those who decide to undertake professional courses like medicine and engineering will also benefit under the Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme.