Nazia, a 15-year-old student from Agra, was awarded the Rani Laxmi Bai Bravery Award on Women’s Day, for her daring act of rescuing a 6-year-old girl from attempted kidnapping.
She was among the 90 women honoured with the award on March 8 by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The incident took place near Sadarbhatti in Agra on August 7 last year, when Nazia was walking back home from her school, Saghir Fatima Mohammadia Girls Inter College, in the afternoon. She heard screams for help from a child and realised the girl was being troubled by two men on a bike.
Nazia, not hesitating for a moment, rushed to the spot where the men were trying to take the 6-year-old girl away. She grabbed the girl’s hands and struggled to pull her away from them. “It was like a tug of war for two minutes,” she told Times of India, “While they tried pulling her on the motorcycle, I kept pulling her back.” After a few tugs to and fro, Nazia managed to get the girl free. The two men on the bike fled the spot immediately.
It was after the struggle that Nazia realised the girl she saved was in fact Dimpy, a junior from her school. She then rushed back to their school and informed the principal, who promptly called the police. Dimpy, who was in tears throughout the ordeal, was then returned to her grateful parents, who till today hold Nazia in high regard for her spontaneity and helpfulness.
“I would do the same if something like this happens again,” said Nazia, proud of her award. Dimpy is all praises and gratitude for Nazia, too. “They would have taken me away if didi hadn’t been there,” she said.
Nazia also received a cheque of Rs 1 lakh along with the award.