DHULIKHEL: A 13-year-old girl of Khalchock in Kavre’s Nasikasthan Sanga VDC will be honoured with Bir Ganeshman Singh Bal Pratibha Puruskar for saving her sibling literally from the jaws of death some days back.

On September 10 evening, Sujana Tamang’s 11-year-old brother, Kumar Tamang, was chasing bats in the front yard of their house. Suddenly, a leopard dragged him by his neck. The boy kept shouting for his sister, who put her life in danger and saved him.

Sujana said, “I caught his leg and pulled him. After a 10-minute tug-of-war, I was able to free him.” She still gets jitters whenever she recalls the incident. She said she came to know that she was being honoured with Bir Ganeshman Singh Bal Pratibha Puruskar only after her father, Suresh, told her about it on Wednesday night. “I will invest the award money (Rs 25,000) for the education of my brother and me,” she said.

Kumar, meanwhile, is recuperating at his maternal uncle’s home after eight-day treatment in a hospital. Incredibly, Sujana is afraid to come out of the house in dark, revealed her father. He told this correspondent that after the incident she had not spoken for three days. She spoke only after she saw her brother in the hospital.

The Tamangs live in abject poverty. Besides Kumar, Sujana has two sisters. Suresh has been the sole breadwinner of the family. Sujana, who aims to be a nurse, studies in Grade VII in Shanti Niketan Secondary School. She will get the prize on Jana Andolan II anniversary on April 8.