The 12-year-old Muslim girl, Maryam Siddiqui, who had recently won the Gita Champions League contest has returned her prize money to the Uttar Pradesh government, reports DNA
The Class VI student returned the sum of Rs 11 lakh to the state government so that they could use the money for the “betterment of children in need”.
Siddiqui, who also called herself an ambassador of peace, said:
“Education is the only route to change their destiny. I’m grateful to the UP government for conferring this honour on me. I, however, have the means to lead a reasonable life because the Almighty has been kind to my parents. But there are many children who are not as lucky as me. So, I have decided to return the cash award to the state government so that it can be used for the betterment of children in need.”
Maryam Siddiqui secured the first position from over 3,000 students who participated in the contest which was organized by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in January.
The test which evaluates the participants knowledge about the Gita is a multiple choice question test of 100 marks.
A student of Cosmopolitan High School, Mira Road, Maryam said:
“I have always been inquisitive about religions and I often read up on them during my free time. So when my teacher told me about this contest I thought it would be a good chance to understand what the book is about.”