Bhatt gets Mother Teresa award

Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for 2012 in Ahmedabad on Monday.

Harmony Foundation, which gives away the prestigious award every year, chose the suspended police officer for "standing against communal forces to ensure the protection of the vulnerable and minorities".

While giving away the award at "Prashant" office of Father Cedric Prakash, Dr Abraham Mathai, president of Harmony Foundation, and sisters from Missionaries of Charity said the foundation was delighted to felicitate Bhatt for the 5th Mother Teresa award.

Bhatt, who lost his mother on Saturday and so could not go to Mumbai to collect the award, said, "I dedicate this award to my beloved mother who passed away in Ahmedabad. She was a great inspiration for me to start a courageous battle against the powerful and untruthful forces that govern the state. My family has been biggest strength in my battle."

"I am deeply humbled by the award which I would also like to take on behalf of all the people who are still awaiting justice. At this moment, I would like to assure that the struggle is still on with the same vigour."

The other recipients of this prestigious award in the past have included Dalai Lama and former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

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