Rukhsana Kauser has been selected for the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak Award by President Pratibha Patil for braving the bullets of Laskar-e-Taiba militants and killing one of them to save her family.
Rukhsana, 22, had overpowered a terrorist, snatched his rifle and fired at him, and injured another at Kalsian village, about 217 km from Jammu, on the night of September 27, 2009.
A home ministry spokesperson said the President had also approved a medal for Delhi’s Narender Kaushik for showing courage in saving a life even as he was in great danger.
Seven persons were approved by Patil for the Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak. They are Syed Areef Sujauddin from Andhra Pradesh, Umman Antony from Kerala, Rajan Kamble from Maharashtra, all posthumously, besides Mushtaq Ahmed and Ajaz Ahmed from Jammu and Kashmir, Karambir Singh Kang from Maharashtra and Prachi Santosh Sen from Madhya Pradesh.
The President has also approved the names of 44 persons for Jeevan Raksha Padak, including Bali Ram and Layak Ram from Himachal Pradesh, Rukasana Banu from Karnataka, P.P. Sikhil, P. Rajasekharan, Sreeja V.V., Faseeb K., Thahir and Vijishna K.R. from Kerala.
Jeevan Raksha Padak awards are given to a person for meritorious acts in saving the life of a person.