MUMBAI: Bilquis Bano Edhi, the caretaker of Indian girl Geeta, who was stranded in Pakistan for over 10 years, and the global humanitarian aid provider Medecins Sans Frontieres(MSF) have been chosen for “Mother Teresa Memorial International Award-2015” for social justice, Indian Tomorrow reported.
The distinguished award, which has been earlier presented to two Nobel laureates — Dalai Lama and Malala Yousufzai –, has been instituted by the Harmony Foundation, Mumbai.
“In view of the noble and humanitarian act of sheltering our dear Geeta — a deaf-and-mute woman who had accidentally crossed into Pakistan, the Harmony Foundation Board has unanimously decided to honor Karachi-based Bilquis Bano of the Edhi Foundation,” the foundation’s chairman and activist Abraham Mathai said.
Bano took great care of Geeta for more than 10 years and even allowed the Hindu girl to practice her religion with liberty until her return to her family last week.
Mathai further added,”It is indeed remarkable to note Bano’s empathic gesture of considering her religious beliefs and cultural sentiments through the years, despite Geeta’s disadvantaged situation to demand the same”.
Bano and MSF’s representative Leslie Shanks have accepted the Harmony Foundation’s invite to come in person and receive the award instituted in memory of the late Mother Teresa at an event organized here on November 22, he further added.
Mother Teresa, who was awarded, the Nobel Prize and the Bharat Ratna for her selfless services to the poor and the destitute, left the worldly abode in 1997 in Kolkata.
Founded in France in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, The Medecins Sans Frontieres, has also received international accolades, including the Nobel Prize and Indira Gandhi Prize.
Source: India Tomorrow