A woman from Jabalpur has claimed that Geeta, the 22-year-old girl who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan as a child, is her daughter Najjo who went missing in 1999. Basing her claims on a photograph that closely resembles the speech-and-hearing impaired Geeta, Aneesa Bi said she was sure that Geeta is her daughter.
Geeta claimed national headlines after being brought back to India in October this year following efforts by the external affairs ministry. She is currently living in a shelter home at Indore.
A resident of Adhartal locality in Jabalpur, Aneesa Bi said she found out about Geeta through news reports. She, along with her son Yusuf Aleef, had apparently gone to Indore to meet Geeta on December 16, but were turned away by the shelter’s officials who directed them to the district authorities.
“Najjo was 11 years old when she went missing while coming to home from her school”, Aneesa told Hindustan Times, adding, “The only document I possess as of now is a photograph of Nijjo. As far as other documents are concerned, those were lost when my husband and I parted ways.”
Explaining how Najjo was lost, Aneesa said, “She was studying in a deaf and dumb school at Jabalpur and used to travel by train between Jabalpur and Gotegaon, about 50 kilometers away from Jabalpur. She went missing while coming home one day.”
Aneesa said people had told her they had seen Najjo boarding a train, but when she went looking for her at the railway stations, she couldn’t find her. Aneesa also doesn’t remember the date on which her daughter went missing though she made a complaint at the Gotegaon police station.
“Now we will take help of the Jabalpur police to meet Geeta,” said Yusuf, a labourer at a private steel shop.
Determined to get her daughter back, Aneesa, who works as domestic help, said she is willing to undergo a DNA test to back her claim.
So far, many families have made similar claims of Geeta being their daughter, including a Mahato family from Bihar whose DNA samples did not match Geeta’s.