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President felicitates brave children

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President Pranab Mukherjee met the children selected for the National Bravery Awards 2014 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 22 January.

The National Awards for Bravery were started by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) to give due recognition to children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds and meritorious service and to inspire other children to emulate their example.

The awardees are invited to Delhi where the Prime Minister presents the awards on the eve of Republic Day. The children then take part in the Republic Day Parade.

This year's awardee includes Resham Fatma, the 17-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh. Less than a year ago, she met the most horrific incident of her life. She not only survived the acid attack but shown courage and brought the culprit to book. A year later she has been selected for this coveted award for bravely fighting off her attacker.  

On 1 February last year, Lucknow resident Fatma was on her way to her tuition class when her uncle (mother's cousin) picked her up at knife-point. He drove her to a highway and threatened her to marry him. When she refused, he poured sulphuric acid over her head. Despite suffering serious burns, Resham took an auto rickshaw and reached the nearby police station. Fatma says she wants to become an IAS officer.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2015 on page no. 13

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