Nazia, a 15 year old student from Agra, was walking back home from school once afternoon when she heard screams for help. She realized that young girl was being troubled by two men on a bike. Without wasting a second Nazia rushed to the spot and pulled the girl away. After a few minutes of struggle, the two men left them alone and sped away. 

Nazia had just saved a 6-year-old Dimpy from being kidnapped. This shows the undying spirit and valour of this Agra teen. When this news reached Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh he was amazed by her spontaneity and helpful nature. He felicitated Nazia with a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh as an award for this act.

Nazia was also a recipient of Rani Laxmi Bai Bravery Award in March. This ceremony is hosted by the UP CM to recognize women of courage in the state and inspire others on International Women’s Day. At the function he said, “Our effort will be as to how promote women in every sector.” Describing the award ceremony as a moment of “pride”, Nazia said she would do the same if something like this ever happens again. This incident is not just an example of bravery but also a lesson for humankind to look beyond caste and religion, and celebrate compassion. 

Dimpy, who calls Nazia ‘didi’, was happy upon hearing that her rescuer was being honoured. We are proud of you, Nazia and hope that you inspire many others to become like you.