Abdul Sattar Edhi’s wife Bilquis Edhi has been nominated for Mother Teresa Memorial International Award-2015 for providing save heaven to Geeta, a deaf-mute teenage girl stranded in Pakistan.
“In view of the noble and humanitarian act of sheltering our dear Geeta, a deaf-mute girl who had accidentally crossed into Pakistan, the Harmony Foundation Board has unanimously decided to honour Karachi-based Bilquis Bano of the Edhi Foundation,” chairman and activist of the foundation Abraham Mathai said.
Bilquis has been awarded along with worldwide humanitarian aid supplier Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF). The prestigious award, which has earlier been given to two Nobel laureates, Dalai Lama and Malala Yousufzai, has been instituted by Harmony Foundation, Mumbai.
The Edhi foundation had taken care of the girl, Geeta, for more than a decade and safely sent her to her homeland India.
“It is indeed remarkable to note Bano’s emphatic gesture of considering her religious beliefs and cultural sentiments through the years, despite Geeta’s disadvantaged situation to demand the same,” explained Mathai.
The stranded girl, Geeta, was about 11 the moment she happened to cross one of the world’s most militarised border-line from India and stuck in Pakistan afterwards as she was unable to recognise herself or utter any word to determine her identity.