Children from the north-east shine at National Bravery Award

World Monday 23/January/2017 21:12 PM
By: Times News Service
Children from the north-east shine at National Bravery Award

New Delhi: Children from the north-eastern states on Monday dominated the National Bravery Awards which was presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to 25 children chosen from across the country for their outstanding acts of valour.
The Bharat Award Winner, who is given a gold medal, was given posthumously to 8-year-old Tarh Peeju from Arunachal Pradesh.
The youngest winner lost her life while rescuing two of her friends who were swept away by strong currents while crossing a river. Ten-year-old Thanghilmang Lunkim from Nagaland was also awarded for rescuing his brother in similar circumstances. Another young and daring girl from Mizoram, H. Lalhriatpuii, too won another Bapu Gaidhani Award posthumously for coming to the aid of her cousin caught in a car rolling down a hill, disregarding her own safety. While she managed to save her cousin Lalhriatpui was run over by the car and succumbed to her injuries.
Roluahpuii, a 13-year-old girl from Mizoram, was also honoured with Bapu Gaidhani award posthumously, for saving two school friends from drowning in a river. Moirangthem Sadananda Singh, a 14-year old from Manipur, was recognised for rescuing his mother from an electric shock. Five of the awardees are from the North-Eastern states.
Among the 20 other winners was also a 12-year resident of Jammu and Kashmir who lost her life while trying to protect three students during flash floods last year. One of the most daring acts was perhaps committed by Anshika Pandey from UP who was able to escape an abduction bid through her sheer bravery and fearlessness.
The National Bravery Award is given to children between the ages of six to eighteen years and are divided into four main categories- Bharat Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award, and General National Bravery Awards. The Geeta Chopra Award this year went to two girls - Tejasweeta Pradhan and Shivani Gond- for exposing a trafficking racket and the Sanjay Chopra Award was given to Sumit Mamgain from Uttarakhand for rescuing his cousin from a leopard attack.