The Sindh high court in Pakistan has issued notices to the federal government of Pakistan on petition on the repatriation of Geeta, the deaf-mute woman who was stranded in Pakistan for 15 years, to India. The court has sought a report on the matter in 10 days.
A Pakistani human rights group, led by Ansar Burney, had filed a petition in the court by demanding that Geeta, 23, be sent back to Pakistan, following India’s failure to establish her nationality. The Pakistan government had sent the girl to India in October last year. Geeta is presently lodged at a shelter home in Indore.
Talking to HT, Pakistani human rights activist Burney said: “Now, the federal government has to clear its stand on Geeta. She was sent to India even before her parents were traced.”
He maintained that Geeta was made “victim of a public relations exercise between India and Pakistan.”
“While the Pakistan government, without confirming the identity and nationality of Geeta handed her over to India, it has not taken any action to bring Mohammed Ramzan back to Pakistan, despite knowing his identity,” he said.
The 15-year-old Pakistani boy, who crossed into India from Bangladesh, is lodged in a Madhya Pradesh shelter home.
The secretary, ministry of interior, secretary, foreign affairs, and provincial government of Sindh have been made respondents in the case.