Dalit Boy To Receive National Bravery Award From Prime Minister

Bhubaneswar: Residents of a far-flung village Odisha’s Kendrapara district are elated with a minor boy from Dalit community being selected for national bravery award instituted by Indian Council for Child Welfare.

Situ Malik (15) had exhibited exemplary bravery in saving his 26-year-old paternal uncle from crocodile attack on February 20 last.

Malik, now studying in 10th standard in government-run Basudebpur Vidyapitha high school in Kandira village under Rajnagar tehsil, will receive the coveted award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23, 2018, officials said here today.

Situ had saved his uncle Binod Malik from claws of a croc which had sneaked into the village pond. The brave boy reacting on the spur of moment had picked up a bamboo stick and had dealt a blow on animal’s forehead. The reptile which had clung onto the victim was jolted by the sudden attack and had left the Binod to slip into the water. Both of them were at the Hanshina river-side crop field when a crocodile leaped from the water and attacked the survivor.

We feel honoured that the teenager from Kandira village of the district has been selected for national bravery award. The award instituted by Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) will be given to her by the prime minister next month. The ICCW’s letter in this regard has been received by the district administration, said Kendrapara Collector, Dasarathi Satpathy.

It’s a matter of pride for all the people here as the act of bravery has brought the village under national limelight. The administration had earlier recommended the ‘tiny-rescuer’ for the national bravery award, he said.

We feel privileged. Our student has been accorded national recognition. He will shake hands with the prime minister, said Headmaster Basudebpur Vidyapitha High School, Maheswar Rout.