“I tell him that I owe my life to him. But he says that it was God who gave him strength.”
April 4, 2015, 13-year-old Dishant Mehndiratta and his family were having a perfectly normal day. Their father Ravinder who is a Chartered Accountant by profession was in his office in Baddi and Dishant’s mother Archana was at home along with Dishant’s eight-year-old brother, Ryaan.
The door bell rung around 2 pm and there was a stranger at the door. He was asking for Ravinder and Archana told him he was not at home. She called her husband in his office and made him speak to the man who was at their doorstep looking for him.
Ravinder told him to come some other day telling him that he could not meet him that day. Before leaving, the stranger asked Archana if he could use the washroom. When Archana showed him the way to the bathroom, he pulled a knife on her and asked the kids to get money and jewellery to save their mother.
Dishant was at the feet of this stranger who turned out to be a thief and he was begging him to let his mother go. He was trying to ensure that his little brother is safe.
Amidst the chaos, Dishant quickly sprung up and snatched the knife away from the thief and threw it away. Archana helped Dishant and together they were able to catch hold of the thief and raise an alarm.
Police was informed about the incident and the thief was arrested, all because of Dishant’s bravery and quick thinking.
Nine months later, when the family looks back at the horrendous incident and think of what could have happened had Dishant not been courageous, a shiver runs up their spine.
Appreciating Dishant’s brave act, this 13-year old from Panchkula has been selected for the National Bravery Award-2015 by the Indian Council for Child Welfare. He will receive an award on January 26 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
His name was recommended by District Child Welfare Council for the award. Dishant who is a student of class 8 said to The Indian Express that he is overwhelmed that he has been selected for the award.
Upon asking his advice for others, he modestly said, “I would ask all the children to be brave, and not get bogged down by fear. Be brave, and God will help.”
News Source: The Indian Express