Eight-year-old Shivampet Ruchitha is all set to win the prestigious Geeta Chopra Award this Republic Day. The Telangana girl displayed exemplary valour in saving two lives when a train hit her school bus. On noticing the bus coming to a halt on a railway track and a train approaching them very rapidly, she showed extraordinary presence of mind and pushed two students out of the window. She too jumped off the bus.
Sadly, she could not rescue her younger sister who was sitting in the first row. Her younger brother too sustained severe injuries, but recovered.
Ruchitha wants to become a lawyer when she grows up, Eeroju News reports.
Twenty-four other young bravehearts will receive the National Bravery Awards this year for their extraordinarily courageous feats. ‘Bharat Award’, the highest of the National Bravery Awards, will be posthumously given to 15-year-old Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe from Maharashtra, who sacrificed his life while saving four of his friends.
Thirteen-year-old Shivansh Singh will also be awarded posthumously for sacrificing his life in a valiant effort to save his friend from drowning in the Sarayu river.
Ramdinthara (15) of Mizoram, who saved two people from electrocution, will receive the Bapu Gaidhani Award along with Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel (13) of Gujarat and Aromal SM (12) from Kerala. According to PTI, these children will receive their awards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24 and will also participate in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.