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Bravery Awards


The national awards for bravery was started in 1957 by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) to recognise and honour children who have performed outstanding deeds of bravery and selfless sacrifice. Every year the ICCW confers these awards to children below 16 years of age.

On Gandhi Jayanti day, 2 October 1957, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was watching a performance Delhi's Ramlila ground, at the Red Fort. During the performance, a short circuit caused a fire to break out in a shamiana (decorated tent). Harish Chandra Mehra, a 14-year-old scout, promptly took out his knife and ripped open the burning tent, saving the lives of hundreds of trapped people. This incident inspired Nehru to ask the authorities to establish an award to honour brave children from all over the country.

The first official National Bravery Awards were presented to Harish Chandra and one other child on 4 February 1958, by Prime Minister Nehru, and the ICCW ( Indian Council for Child Welfare) has continued the tradition ever since. The Sanjay Chopra Award and the Geeta Chopra Award were established in 1978, in memory of two Chopra children who lost their lives while confronting their kidnappers. The Sanjay and Geeta awards are given to a boy and a girl for acts of bravery. The Bharat Award was established in 1987, and the Bapu Gaidhani Award was established in 1988.

In 2001, Scholastic published a commemorative book featuring the winners of the 1999 National Bravery Awards. The book was entitled Brave Hearts.

Applications for these awards are acknowledged from Central/State government departments, Panchayats, Zila Parishads, school authorities as well as state and Union Territory councils for child welfare.

The selection is made by a committee constituted by the ICCW, comprising of representatives from the Secretariats of the President and the Vice-President, various ministries, as well as the Central Social Welfare Board, police, All India Radio, Doordarshan and leading NGOs such as the National Bal Bhavan, SOS, Children's Villages of India, R K Mission and experienced ICCW members.

The awards are announced on November 14 (Children's Day) and the Prime Minister presents the awards on the eve of Republic Day. The awardees receive a medal, certificate and cash as a token of their indispensable courage.

The award includes a medal, a certificate and cash award, the Bharat Award winner gets a gold medal, while the rest get a silver medals. Further they are also given financial assistance to complete their schooling, as a part of ICCW's sponsorship programme and professional courses such as medical and engineering, under the Indira Gandhi scholarship scheme.

List of awards :

Bharat Award, since 1987  
Sanjay Chopra Award, since 1978  
Geeta Chopra Award, since 1978  
Bapu Gayadhani Award, since 1988   
National Bravery Award, since 1957

List of awardees of Bharat Award :

Year Name Notes Age State
1995 Subash kumar save 4 year old from drowing 11 year Gaya Bihar
1996 vardhana assboy Confronted armed robber and helped police. 8 years Bihar
2000 Sunil Singh Confronted armed militants who had attacked their village. 11 years Jammu & Kashmir
2000 Robert Cruiser Confronted armed militants who had attacked their village. 13 years Jammu & Kashmir
2001 Surjeet Singh Fought a night-long battle with a group of 40 militants who had surrounded their village. 18 years Jammu & Kashmir
2001 Amrik Singh Fought a night-long battle with a group of 40 militants who had surrounded their village. 20 years Jammu & Kashmir
2002 Chinmay Sharma Foiled a robbery on a Mumbai train. 7 years Maharashtra
2002 Charu Sharma Sustained knife injuries, while trying to foil a robbery on a Mumbai train. 11 years Maharashtra
2002 Shambhavi Ray Fought two men on a motorcycle, and foiled their attempt to rob her mothers purse. 13 years Delhi
2003 C. Vanlalhruaia Lost his life fighting the dacoits. 17 years Mizoram
2005 Ratul Chandra Rabha For chasing the militants who killed their school teacher, subsequently one of the militants was caught. 17 years Assam
2005 Rituparna Boro For chasing the militants who killed their school teacher, subsequently one of the militants was caught. 15 years Assam
2007 Babita For saving several school mates from drowning, when their school bus fell into the Western Yamuna canal. 17 years Haryana
2007 Amarjeet For saving several school mates from drowning, when their school bus fell into the Western Yamuna canal. 15½ years Haryana
2008 No Award

2009 Gaurav Singh Saini Saved 50-60 people in the 2008 stampede at the Naina Devi temple 13 years Haryana
2010 No award


2011 Kapil Singh Negi Helped younger schoolmates cross a flooded stream during rains and landslide 15 yrs Uttarakhand
2012
Tarang Atulbhai Mistry
Saved four people from drowning in Narmada River 17 yrs Gujarat
2013Kumari Mahika GuptaSaved her brother from floods at Kedarnath (Uttarakhand).8 yearsDelhi
2016Tarah PejuSaved her friends from drowning, but failed to manage herself8 yearsArunachal Pradesh
2017NaziaHelped Police to stop illegal gambling business16 yearsUttar Pradesh
2018 Kunwar Divyansh Singh Saved younger sister by fighting with horrible bull attack. 13 yrs Uttar Pradesh

List of awardees of Sanjay Chopra Award :

Year Name Notes Age State
2000 Prince Kumar and Ashish Kumar Confronted armed robbers 12 years
2001 Rajput Hirani Saved building fire 9 years Haryana
2002 Moneesh Mohan Saved two children from drowning. 10 years Dubai
2003 Riyaz Ahmed Lost his hands and a foot in an effort to save a child from a train accident. 9 years Uttar Pradesh
2004 Harry Chaudhry Received several stab wounds on his stomach, while trying to save his sister from assailants knife. 13 years Delhi
2005 Vinay Sadan Pillai For saving his sister from drowning in Dubai. 13 years Doha
2006 V Teeja Sai Lost his life while trying to rescue some fellow students in river Munneru in Vijaywada district 12 years Andhra Pradesh
2006 C V S Durga Dondieswar Lost his life while trying to rescue some fellow students in river Munneru in Vijaywada district 12 years Andhra Pradesh
2007 Yuktarth Shrivastava For saving his 11-month old sister from stray dogs, who attacked them. 6 years Chhattisgarh
2008 Saumik Mishra For single-handedly fighting with two goons who entered his home for theft 15 years Uttar Pradesh
2009 Karan Nishad Saved five people from drowning. 11 years Uttar Pradesh
2010 Priyanshu Joshi For single-handedly fighting off a leopard which attacked his sister on their way to school. 10 years Uttarakhand
2011 Om Prakash Yadav Saved schoolmates from a burning van. 12½ yrs Uttar Pradesh
2012
Gajendra Ram
Saved a child from drowning in well 11 1/2 years Chhattisgarh
2013Shubam Santosh ChaudariSaved two children when their school van caught fire.17 yearsMaharashtra
2017Karanbeer SinghSaved 15 children after a vehicle plunged into a drain16 yearsPunjab
2018Gohil jayram singh

List of awardees of Geeta Chopra Award :

Year Name Notes Age State
2000 Heena Bakshi Foiled robbery attempt. 13 years Haryana
2001 Prem Kanwar Lost life while trying to rescue four other children from drowning. 13 years Rajasthan
2002 Guddiben Kalubhai Masher Saved an infant’s life by fighting a wild animal. 13 years _
2003 Ramseena R.M. Lost her leg, while trying to save a child from a speeding car. 12 years Kerala
2004 Boya Geethanjali For fighting seven armed Naxalites at Ananthapuram village, securing the release of a woman Member of Legislative Assembly they were trying to abduct, and forcing the Naxalites to flee. 12 years Andhra Pradesh
2005 Seidalyne Mawtyllup For saving her three month old sister from a blazing house. 10 years Meghalaya
2006 Vandana Yadav For fighting three local goons single-handedly, suffering 17 stab wounds, and later turning up to identify culprits in the police station. 13 years Uttar Pradesh
2007 Lalrempuii For resisting her rapist even though she lost her life in the bargain. 14 ½ years Mizoram
2008 Prachi Santosh Sen For saving four children from getting electrocuted, in which her left hand had sternly burnt. 10 years Madhya Pradesh
2009 Maibam Prity Devi For saving several lives when she rushed and threw away a grenade hurled at her family-owned shop by miscreants, herself hit by exploding splinter. 10 years Manipur
2010 Jismi PM For saving lives of a nine-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl from drowning in a river. 13 years Kerala
2011 Mittal Mahendrabhai Patadiya Faced armed robbers and foiled a robbery attempt. 13 years Gujarat
2012 Renu Exposed physical and psychological abuse at her shelter home 18 yrs New Delhi
2013Kumari Maleka Singh TakDisplayed rare grit and determination in fighting off her molesters.16 yrsRajasthan
2014Kumari Gunjan SharmaDisplayed exemplary valour in saving her friends from the clutches of an abductor13 yrsAssam
2017Netravati M. Chavan (Posthumous)Saved two boys from drowning14 yrs 10 monthsKarnataka
2018Nitisha negi

List of awardees of Bapu Gayadhani Award :


Year Name Notes Age Indian state of origin
2001 Reshma Mohapatra

Orissa
2001 Lalmunsanga
Mizoram
2002 Sweety Pandey
10 years
2002 Dhanajay Ramrao Ingole
13 years
2002 Rinku Burman
13 years
2003 Vivek Purkayastha Bravely fought with the dacoits. 14 years Assam
2003 Asit Ranjal Sama Lost life while trying to save other children from drowning. 17 years Orissa
2003 Lalramdinthara Lost life while trying to save other children from drowning. 15 years Mizoram
2004 N. Kandha Kumar Saved two of his schoolmates by pulling them off the school van, stuck at a level-crossing, died while trying to save another one. 11 years Tamil Nadu
2004 Master Lalthanzawna
11 years Mizoram
2004 Majda alias Babli Saved several children between age 3–6 years, from drowning in Ganga canal. 11 years Uttarakhand
2005 Dugi alias Minati For revolting against child marriage 14 years Orissa
2005 C Susheela For revolting against child marriage. 14 years Orissa
2005 Mahesh Kumar For saving an 11 year old girl from the jaws of a tiger. 15 years Uttarakhand
2006 Asma Ayyub Khan For helping move 35-40 children of her institution to a safe place, during 2005 Mumbai floods. 13½ years Maharashtra
2006 Sushila Gurjar For fighting against the social evil of child marriage. 13 years Rajasthan
2006 Shilpa Janbandhu For participating in an anti-naxalite movement, SALWA JUDUM, despite threats. 15 years Chhattisgarh
2007 Raipalli Vamsi For saving five girls from drowning, by diving into the in Nagavali river thrice. 12 years Andhra Pradesh
2007 Boney Singh For saving two boys from drowning in a water tank near Sagolband Meino Leirak,Imphal West-I. 16½ years Manipur
2007 Amol Aghi Lost his life in chasing robbers in Geeta colony, Panipat. 15 years Haryana
2008 Asu Kanwar For displaying amazing courage in standing up against child marriage. 14 years Rajasthan
2008 Kavita Kanwar and Seema Kanwar For saving their friends from an accidental fire; Kavita lost her life in this accident. 16 years Chhatisgarh
2009 Ranu Mishra Lost her life while saving her brother and his friend from drowning 10 years Uttar Pradesh
2009 Deepak Kumar Kori Died while trying to save a girl from drowning, as villagers looked on 12 years Uttar Pradesh
2009 Vijith V Saved four children from drowning in river Kallada 16 years Kerala
2009 Narendrasinh Solanki Saved his father from a crocodile in Dhadhar river 17 years Gujarat
2010 Vishnudas K. For saving two children from drowning 17 years Kerala
2010 Moonis Khan For saving an old man from a railway accident 15 years Madhya Pradesh
2010 Ipi Basar For rescuing his paralysed 70-year-old aunt and 7-year-old cousin after her village caught fire. 16 years Arunachal Pradesh
2011 Adithya Gopal Tried to save his friend from drowning. 14 yrs Arunachal Pradesh
2011 Uma Shankar Rescued victims of a bus accident. 14 yrs Delhi
2011 Anjali Singh Gautam Saved her younger brother in a naxalite attack. 15 yrs Chhattisgarh
2012 Hali Raghunath Baraf Saved her pregnant elder sister from a panther. 15 yrs Maharashtra
2012 Vijay Kumar Sainik

Uttar Pradesh
2012 Akanksha Gaute Fought alone with 4 people following her father's bike. 16 yrs Chhattisgarh
2013Sanjay Navasu SutarOutstanding bravery in fighting Leopard.17.5 yrsMaharashtra
2013Akshay Jairam RojOutstanding bravery in fighting Leopard13 yearsMaharashtra
2013Kumari Mausmi Kashyap (Posthumously)Sacrificed her life in trying to save a girl from drowning. She has been given the award posthumously.11 yrsUttar Pradesh
2013Aryan Raj Shukla (Posthumously)Sacrificed his life in saving four of his friends lives by his sense of duty and heroic action. He has been given award posthumously.14 yrsUttar Pradesh
2013Rumoh metoHelped his elder brother (Milu Mega) stuck to a 33KV high voltage line13 yearsArunachal Pradesh
2016Tushar VermaRisked his life to rescue elderly neighbour couple with their three cows and two bulls when the house began to burn.Chhattisgarh

Last updated on: 24/10/2019

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