India's bravery award winners

Vandana Yadav, 13, wants to be a police officer -- to protect the dignity of women and make their lives safer. She should know -- she has fought the monster, and won.

On February 2 last year, barely 3 km away from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Vandana had gone to the fields with her younger brother. Three goons tried to molest her. She slapped one of them; one of them whipped out a knife.

"I told my brother to go to the village and get help as I fought them," says Vandana, without batting an eyelid. She was stabbed 17 times before the men fled. She was in hospital for 15 days. It did not dent her steely resolve.

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