Rajnath Singh breaks protocol to hug a BSF Jawan who was disabled in a Militant attack

Home minister Rajnath Singh recently attended the Investiture Ceremony of BSF India in New Delhi to honor our brave Jawans. As he stepped on stage to award an honorary medal to BSF constable Godhraj Meena, Singh made a rare gesture and broke the protocol by hugging the 44 year old Border Security Force constable after placing the medal on his chest.

Mr Meena was assualted with several bullets during a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur 3 years ago, leaving him with 85 percent disability.

In 2014, Mr Meena's BSF bus in Udhampur, was targeted by two terrorists as they bombarded it with heavy gunfire. One of those bullets went though Godharaj's jaw, barring his ability to speak properly. The BSF Jawaan was awarded for his bravery and presence of mind which saved the lives of 30 other personnel on the bus.

As Mr Meena stepped on stage to receive the medal of honor, the home minister could not hold back and embraced him. The generic protocol is to pin the medal and shake hands with the honoree, after which the person moves ahead following a salute.

NDTV reported a senior officer talking about the emotional moment, "What we saw today is rare, very rare. This is only in very special cases like that of Meena who has suffered 85 per cent disability after the attack. He is not able to talk and walk properly but despite this he dons his uniform with pride."

The news has been sourced from NDTV

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