New Delhi, Jan 26: The image of 7-year-old Koroungamba Kuman from Manipur hugging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while receiving National Bravery award for children has been etched in the minds of billions of Indians. Koroungamba Kuman is one of the 22 child winners of National Bravery award for 2013.
They received award from Prime Minister as part of 64th Republic Day celebrations. India celebrated its 64th Republic Day on Saturday, Jan 26. All the winners are under the age of 18.
While honouring the kids at a special award ceremony on Thursday, Manmohan Singh said their bravery serves as an example to the rest of the country.
The 22 include Ramdinthara from Mizoram, Tarang Atul Bhai Mistry from Gujarat and Koroungamba Kuman from Manipur. Fifteen-year-old Ramdinthara is the sole posthumous awardee. He lost his life while saving his friend from drowning.
The youngest awardee this year was seven-year-old Koroungamba Kuman who saved his young sister from a devastating fire. The Indian Council for Child welfare had announced the names of these children who were given the Bravery award on Republic Day 2013.
The ‘ Bharat Award ‘ was given to 17 year old Tarang Atul Bhai Mistry from Gujarat because he saved the lives of four people who were drowning in the 20-25 feet deep water of Narmada river after being swept away in the current while taking bath on the occasion of Dhuelti.
Gajendra Ram from Chhattisgarh who is 11-year-old is being awarded with ‘Sanjay Chopra' award, for saving a child from drowning in a 22-feet deep well. He also showed his courage as the other children do.
A 17-year-old girl who was instrumental in exposing the physical and sexual abuse of the inmates of a children's home in Delhi by the owner and staff, is the one who got ‘Geeta Chopra' Award