15-year-old Himachal girl gets bravery Award

Kangra: A girl student of a Himachal Pradesh school did an act of bravery in 2018 when she was in Class IX by rescuing her family members, comprising his exserviceman grandfather, and the driver who met a road accident, her teacher said on Wednesday. Public Senior Secondary School in Maranda near Palampur town in Kangra district was travelling with her family in a car that skidded off the road and rolled down the hill in September 2018. “Alaika was travelling with her mother and grandfather in a car when it met an accident at an isolated place, ” her teacher Renu katoch told. The car got struck in a tree while it was rolling down. Despite being injured, she showed courage to come out of the car and climbed the hill. She stopped passersby for help her parents, the other occupants of the car her grandfather Capt (retd) K.K. Awasthi, mother Savita and the driver  were unconscious due to grievous injuries. Twenty-two children  10 girls and 12 boys  from 12 states have been selected for the ICCW National Bravery Awards 2019. One award has been given posthumously. Indian Council of Child Welfare has instituted five special awards this year Markandeya Award, Dhruva Award,  Abhimanyu Award,  Prahalada Award & ICCW Shravan Award. The National Bravery Awards were started by the Indian Council for Child Welfare in 1957 to recognise children for outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and to inspire others to emulate their 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 donations from philanthropists till they complete graduation. Those opting for professional courses such as engineering and medicine get financial support through scholarship schemes.