PIL filed to MEA to bring Geeta back from Pakistan after 15 years

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 22:56 IST
Geeta, a hearing and speech impaired Indian woman who has been stranded in Pakistan for past 15 years. (HT Photo)

A Haryana advocate on Thursday filed a public interest litigation seeking direction to the ministry of external affairs to try to bring back the deaf and mute woman believed to be stranded in Pakistan for over 15 years.

Advocate Momin Malik, a resident of Sonepat, has said that the Indian embassy in Islamabad was supposed to give all legal assistance and help for the return of Geeta, who is in a pitiable condition.

He has submitted that he is willing to visit Pakistan for initiating legal proceedings to bring back the woman so that she could be reunited with her family.

The petitioner should get proper assistance/help and cooperation from the Indian embassy in Islamabad, otherwise his efforts would not be fruitful, he has submitted, seeking directions to the ministry of external affairs that he be extended help to initiate legal proceedings to bring her back.

The woman lives with Bilqees Edhi, the wife of Abdul Sattar Edhi, founder of Edhi Foundation, Pakistan’s largest and best-known charity. Her case came to light after the release of Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which the actor goes to Pakistan to reunite a minor deaf and mute girl with her family.

As many as four families in India, including one in Amritsar, have claimed that Geeta was their daughter. The petitioner’s lawyer, Mohammed Salim, said the petitioner had visited Pakistan several times and repeatedly raised the matter of Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails. He has also been involved in the conduct of trial in the Samjhauta blast case. He has raised her case in the past as well.

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