Six children from Northeast India 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 and Manipur’s Lourembam Yaikhomba Mangang.
The other three children, who have been selected for the prestigious award, include Lalliansanga, Carolyn Malsawmtluangi and Vanlalhriatrenga from Mizoram.
They will be honoured with the ICCW National Bravery Award on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.
The names of 22 awardees, including 10 girls and 12 boys, were announced by the ICCW at a press conference on Tuesday.
Assam’s 12-year-old Kamal Krishna Das showed exemplary courage by saving his mother and aunt from the river Brahmaputra after they were thrown overboard from a ferry in September last year.
During the conference, Kamal said, “I recognised my mother by her bangles when she was drowning in the river waters. I swam back from the shores and then rescued my aunt too.”
Ten-year-old-boy Everbloom, who hails from Mawryngkneng village in Meghalaya’s East Khasi district, also risked his life twice last year to save two of his friends from two separate drowning incidents.
Manipur’s 8-year-old Lourembam was also hailed for his brave act of saving the life of a boy from drowning in the Imphal river in March last year.