A total of six children from Northeast have been selected for the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) National Bravery Award this year.
These six awardees include Assam’s Kamal Krishna Das, Meghalaya’s Everbloom K. Nongrum, Manipur’s Lourembam Yaikhomba Mangang and Mizoram’s Lalliansanga, Carolyn Malsawmtluangi and Vanlalhriatrengaa.
A total of 22 children, including 10 girls and 12 boys, will be honoured on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.
12-year-old Das showed exemplary courage by saving his mother and aunt from the mighty river Brahmaputra after they were thrown overboard from a ferry after it hit a pillar in September in 2018.
He jumped into the river thrice to save his mother, aunt and woman in a burqa with a child. However, he failed to save the woman. “The child slipped back into the water and the mother jumped back in to save her baby…I couldn’t save her. The current was very strong but I was not sacred,” he told reporters in Guwahati.
The National Bravery Awards are a set of awards given annually to about 25 Indian children below 16 years of age for “meritorious acts of bravery against all odds.” The awards are given by the Government of India and the ICCW. The award was instituted in 1957.
The ICCW has so far honoured 1,004 children with the award, including 703 boys and 301 girls. Each awardee receives a medal, a certificate and cash.
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