Aizawl: Little did Caroline Malsawmtluangi, an 11-year-old girl from Mizoram, realise that she will become an epitome of courage and quick presence of mind in the country almost seven months after she risked her life to save a kidnapped minor in Aizawl on June 12, 2019.
Malsawmtluangi, who had became a household name in the entire Northeast for her act, especially in Mizoram, was honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind along with many others during the distribution of Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) National Bravery Awards, 2019 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday.
On June 12, Malsawmtluangi rescued a minor who was being abducted from Thualthu village in south Lunglei district by a woman for trafficking. Putting her life at stake, the Class IV student of Muana Primary School at Zuangtui carried the child on her back and ran as fast as she could while the abductor went to collect money from manual labourers.
The accused, identified as Zonunsangi Fanai (31), a resident of Thualthu village, chased Malsawmtluangi and pelted stones at her. Despite this, the girl safely brought the abducted child to her home. Fanai was arrested by police and was sent to judicial custody.
After her courageous act made it to national headlines, Community Health Action Network (CHAN), an anti-human trafficking group of the Salvation Army Church, honoured the girl with an appreciation certificate and a cash prize of Rs 5,000 at a function held in Temple Square.
CHAN programme director Major Lalliankunga said the girl was being felicitated for her exemplary courage and shrewdness in saving a seven-year-old girl from being abducted by a woman.
“We want to motivate the people, especially the young ones, by honouring Caroline, who set an example for others,” he said.
Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), the lone women’s body of Mizoram, also felicitated Caroline with a citation and Rs 5,000 at a function held in its office in Aizawl. The association hailed the girl for her courage and shrewdness and wished her for a better future.
Malsawmtluangi is among the six children from Northeast India have been selected for the Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) National Bravery Awards 2019, the others being Kamal Krishan Das from Assam, Lourembam Yaikhomba Mangang from Manipur, Everbloom K Nongrum from Meghalaya; Lalliansanga and Vanlalhriatrenga from Mizoram.