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Zakapa, Chief of Khawhri was the organizer of the struggle of 1891 in the Southern Hills of Mizoram. He was perhaps the one among the Mizo chief who turned his arms against the imperial power, even after being subjugated by superior military might. During his leadership of Khawhri village, an incident occurred when the then Superintendent of South Lushai Hills, CS Murray, demanded the presence of two women for a night during his stay in Khawhri. In a courageous act, Zakapa firmly rejected this demand, citing a violation of tribal law. This refusal led to a confrontation between the two parties at Khawhri village on 10 February, 1891. This reflected how every Mizo is ready to protect the honour of their womenfolk. To commemorate Zakapa's remarkable dedication to women's protection and advancement in society, the Department of Social Welfare & Tribal Affairs, Government of Mizoram introduced the Zakapa Annual Award.

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