Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated 25 children, including Odisha’s Mohan Sethy, with National Bravery Award 2016 for display of selflessness, determination and immense courage.
The 11-year-old had saved his friend from drowning on June 28, 2015. Mohan along with his friend Sabyasachi had gone to a river to take bath. However, Sabyasachi lost his balance and slipped into deep waters. Seeing his friend drowning, Mohan shouted for help but to no avail. He then desperately dived into the water with a piece of cloth to save his friend.
He dragged his friend to safety with the help of a cloth. While Sabyasachi is also of the same age group, the young boy’s bravery and presence of mind has earned much appreciation.
The National Bravery Awards are given to children between the ages of 6 and 18 every year. The recipients, selected from across India, are given a medal, certificate and a cash prize. They also receive financial assistance to complete their schooling.
The selection was made by a high powered committee comprising representatives of various Ministries/Departments, non-governmental organisations as well as office bearers of Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW).