Kodagu boy wins award for bravery

Kodagu boy wins award for bravery

Heavy rains on November 3, 2011 had turned the Cauvery River at Bhagamandala in Kodagu district into a fast-flowing torrent.

A group of Class 8 students from the Sri Cauvery Junior College at Bhagamandala in Madikeri taluk attempted to cross the river via a bridge, when one of the boys, Farukh, stopped to clean his muddied trousers.

Losing a toe-hold on the bank, he slipped into the water and the current carried him downstream. Farukh, who did not know how to swim, cried for help, the water entering his mouth and nostrils with each cry. Seeing this, another student, Suhail K M, who also did not know swimming, immediately jumped into the water and made his way towards Farukh. Reaching the ailing boy, he somehow managed to get to the shore and safety.

Suhail’s act of courage had rendered him suitable for an award from the National Awards for Bravery in 2012. A total of 22 children have been selected for the National Bravery Awards.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will present the awards to children prior to Republic Day and all children will participate in the parade.

Apart from giving each awardee a one lakh cash prize, the government will also ensure that they pay no education costs till the graduate level. Awardees will also get a scholarship, which will allow them to study professional courses such as engineering and medicine.

A resident of Ayangeri village near Bhagamandala, Suhail told reporters that he wanted to become a doctor.

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