Nation salutes 22 young bravehearts
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Another of the bravehearts, Renu, put an end to the repeated abuse of residents of her shelter home. Renu approached a helpline who put her in touch with the Child Welfare Committee. After being apprised of the conditions at the shelter home by Renu, a team of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights conducted a night-long operation at the shelter. The extent of the abuse at the house — psychological and physical — as well as the corporal manner in which punishment was meted out to its residents, was exposed due to Renu's efforts. Renu was given the Geeta Chopra Award for her courage.
In yet another display of exemplary courage, seven-year-old Koroungamba Kumam rescued his sister from a fire on the night of July 11, 2011, in Manipur. As the quilts and mattresses caught fire, Koroungamba woke up to the acrid smell. Taking stock of the situation, he quickly covered his sister's bed with thick clothes, raised the alarm and later shifted her to a safer place. While he managed to save his sister, Koroungamba suffered serious burn injuries to his arms and legs.
A 16-year-old boy from Kerala, Mebin Cyriac, is also among the 22 recipients of the National Bravery Award this year. When he saw his teacher, Bijin Thomas, falling into the Pampa river while getting off a boat, Mebin dived into the waters and searched for him. He dragged Thomas to the shore and revived him.
On August 17, 2011, 12-year-old Lalrinhlua and his friends were going to a neighbourhood pond for a swim when they heard the screams of a child. Rushing to the pond, they saw a boy drowning. With no one around to rescue the child, Lalrinhlua jumped into the waters and pulled the unconscious boy to safety. He then administered first-aid to revive the boy.