In Agra, on Tuesday, a 15-year-old Muslim girl, Nazia, was awarded the Rani Laxmibai Bravery Award by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for saving the life of a six-year-old Hindu girl last August. On August 7, 2015, when Nazia, a student of Saghir Fatima Mohammadia Girls Inter College, was returning home she heard the cries for help from Dimpy who was being forcibly pulled on a motorcycle by two youths. Unmindful of her own safety, Nazia rushed to the minor’s aid and managed to pull her away from her kidnappers, who then fled the spot. It was only after she had rescued Dimpy that Nazia learnt that she was her junior from school. Dimpy’s parents treat Nazia as their own daughter and feel they are indebted to her for saving their child.
Talking to The Times Of India over the phone after receiving her award, Nazia said her actions were spontaneous and she didn’t hesitate even for a second to think about her own safety. “It was around 12.30pm when I heard Dimpy’s cries for help. I just rushed and caught hold of her hand tightly,” she said. “It was like a tug-of-war match for about two minutes. While they tried pulling her away on the motorcycle, I held her with all my might,” recalled Nazia before adding that the suspects finally gave up and fled.
Nazia said since the incident happened near Sadarbhatti area, which is just 100m from their school, she rushed to inform their principal of the incident. “Dimpy was crying. After school authorities informed police, I took her home to her parents,” she said. They now treat me like their daughter and Dimpy calls her ‘didi’, Nazia added. When contacted, Dimpy said she was very happy that ‘didi’ had been awarded for her bravery. “Agar didi uss din na hoti to woh log mujhe le jaate (Had ‘didi’ not been there for me that day, those people would have surely taken me away),” she said. Describing the award ceremony as a moment of pride of her, Nazia said she would do the same if something like this ever happens again. The award also carries a cheque of Rs 1 lakh.