ICCW honours children with National Bravery Awards, who put their lives on risk to save others

Shaihzad Abid/ Rahul Kumar Jha

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New Delhi: On January 18, Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) awarded 21 children with National Bravery Awards 2018.Among the 21 selected children, 13 are boys and 8 are girls, the brave children were selected from 12 different states of India.

The coveted Bharat Award has been conferred on two children for the acts of bravery to 9-year-old Gurugu Hima Priya and 14-year-old Soumyadip Jana, both of the awardees hails from Jammu and bravely confronted heavily armed terrorists.

Jana displayed exceptional courage showing no fear for his own safety and saved two precious lives. Almost from one year, he is undergoing physiotherapy in Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi.

The children were selected from the applications received from various sources such as central/state government departments, Panchayat, Zila Parishad, Police Departments, School authorities as well as State and Union Territory Councils for Child Welfare.

The National Bravery Award Scheme under which these children are honoured was initiated by ICCW in 1957 to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and to inspire other children to emulate their example.

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