Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban, has been conferred with the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice in Mumbai.
The Harmony Foundation, a city-based non-government organization, yesterday honored the 15-year-old girl with the award in absentia.
Yousafzai, who had voiced her support for girls' education in the terror-infested Swat valley, was shot at by a group of Taliban terrorists on Oct. 9.
She is currently under treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK.
Both Yousafzai and her father were unable to travel to Mumbai due to a medical procedure scheduled for yesterday.
Sevy Ali, a British actress of Pakistani origin, received the award on her behalf and will likely give it to her in London tomorrow.
Yousafzai’s father’s acceptance message was read by Abraham Mathai, convenor of the Harmony Foundation.
"Yousafzai and I are extremely happy and humbly accept the award. This means a lot to us, especially during our time of crisis. Honoring Malala with this award sends out a strong message of support to those whose daughters have to fight and speak out for their basic right to education," said Mathai, quoting the message.
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