Shivangi Kale from Jalgaon, one of the recipients of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for bravery, doesn’t quite comprehend that it was her presence of mind that averted a major tragedy in her house in January last year.
She was born on the 16th of April 2015.
Shivangi is 6 years old. Her mother’s name is Gulbakshi Kale and her younger sister’s name is Ishanvi.
She is studying in Jalgaon’s Poddar International School in class 1.
It was January 5, 2021, when Shivangi’s mother Gulbakshi Kale, a retired navy official herself, was heating water for a bath in a steel bucket using an iron rod electric heater. Soon, Gulbakshi realized she was getting electrocuted.
She has shown her fearlessness at a tender age of less than 6years. The courage shown by Kumari shivangi kale is rate to be seen at this age.
“I could see my younger daughter running towards me but I could not even ask her to stop because I could not speak. Just then, Shivangi held Ishanvi by her hand and pulled her back. I saw her taking charge of the situation when she instructed her sister to not go near me. I saw her eyes tracing my hand to the switchboard, which was at around 5feet in height. She brought a stool to stand on and switched off the appliance. The effect of electrocution wore off and I stopped shaking physically. But I was in a state of shock and I sat speechless on the sofa. Shivangi patted me on my back and asked me if I was okay.,” said Gulbakshi, adding how she picked up the bucket in a hurry and her daughter ended up saving her.
According to the Kale couple, everything happened in a matter of seconds and so Gulbakshi did not suffer any major injuries.
Kale then applied for the award online. “Around 600 applications were received out of which 29 were selected and Shivangi is one of them,” he said with pride.