Meghalaya’s 12-year-old Stripleaseman Mylliem has been selected for ‘Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak’ award for saving his cousin from another relative who had killed the entire family in West Khasi Hills. The young braveheart hails from Mawsaiñ village in Mawkyrwat, South West Khasi Hills and he was also one of the recipients of the National Bravery Awards for Children in 2012, reported The Shillong Times.
On the night of August 2, 2011, Stripleaseman saved his eleven-year-old cousin sister Mandashisha Mylliem from his uncle Bremmingstar Mylliem, allegedly a drug addict, who killed his own father Korindro Shangdiar, mother Tikly Mylliem and sister Elbiris Mylliem with boya rod while they were sleeping.
While witnessing the brutal act of his uncle, Stripleaseman took his cousin sister who was sleeping in the next room in the house and ran towards the neighbour thereby saving her life. The recognition is for meritorious act of humane nature in saving the life of a person.
Manipur’s M Khayingthei and Mizoram’s Ramdinthara, who lost their lives while trying to save friends from drowning, are among three persons selected for ‘Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak’.
Both of them were awarded posthumously. Khayingthei lost his life in 2012 when he jumped into a deep gorge in Ukhrul district to save life of his friends. He managed to save them but died in the process. 15-year-old Ramdinthara had gone for swimming with his friends on March 31, 2012 when one of them fell into the water. Though Ramdinthara managed to pull his friend out, he drowned.
(Profile Photo: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presenting the National Bravery Award 2012 to Stripleasemen Mylliem)