Dishant Mehndiratta, a 13-year-old boy, who saved his mother from a robber, has been selected for National Bravery Award-2015.
Dishant, who is a resident of Panchkula (near Chandigarh), had saved his mother from a robber who was holding a knife to her neck as he demanded the valuables in the house.
The incident happened on April 4, when an unidentified man visited their home in Panchkula’s Sector 20. Dishant was at home with his mother, Archana, 42, who works with Life Insurance Corporation and younger brother Ryaan, 8. His father, Ravinder, a chartered accountant, had left for his office at Baddi.
After being invited in, the man asked to use their bathroom.
When Archana was showing him the way, he suddenly took out a knife from his pocket and put it on Archana’s neck.
The robber threatened to kill Archana’s family, and asked them to get all cash, valuables in the house.
Initially, Dishant fell down at his feet and began to plead with him for his mother’s safety, but he suddenly jumped up and grabbed the knife out of the assailant’s hand and threw it away.
During this tiff, Dishant’s mother was able to raise an alarm, and get him arrested. Both Archana and Dishant had suffered minor injuries in this incident.
Dishant’s mother was elated that her son has been selected for the national award but is still surprised how such a young child could manage to gather the courage to fight the assailant.
Dishant too was glad to have been chosen for the award and added that he would request all the children to be brave, and not get bogged down by fear.
Dishant, along with other National Bravery Award recipients will receive a medal, certificate and cash prize from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 25, 2016 a day before Republic Day parade in New Delhi.