Geeta leaves for Indore, will stay until ‘real family’ found

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 27, 2015 20:06 IST
Geeta gestures during a press conference at the ministry of external affairs, in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)

A day after returning from Pakistan, Geeta, the deaf and mute girl, left for Indore on Tuesday, where she will stay at an institution for hearing-impaired people till her family is located by the government.

Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thawaar Chand Gehlot saw off Geeta at the airport who was accompanied by officials from the Indore-based institution.

“Geeta has gone back to Indore,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Earlier in the day met President Pranab Mukherjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Later in the day, Geeta also boarded the Delhi Metro and visited the Metro Museum in the national Capital, smiling and waiving at commuters who greeted her as she spent about an hour on the train.

Geeta, who had accidentally crossed over to Pakistan over a decade ago, arrived at New Delhi to a grand welcome on Monday. However, she failed to recognise a family whom she had initially identified from photographs.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, addressing a press conference on Monday, said Geeta refused to recognise the Mahato couple from Bihar.

Swaraj said Geeta will be kept in the Indore institution for hearing-impaired people till her “real family” was found.

Swaraj had said Geeta’s DNA sample was being examined and if it does not match with the samples of the Mahato couple, the government will start afresh the process to find her parents.

“If the DNA samples match, then it will be a complex situation. We will ask Geeta to recollect things and go down the memory lane. We will make her sit again with them (Mahatos) so that she recollects her memory,” the minister said.

Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station.

She was adopted by the Edhi Foundation’s Bilquis Edhi and lived with her in Karachi. Bilquis and her grandchildren, Saba and Saad Edhi, accompanied Geeta here.

Her story came to light after the release of Salman Khan starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, in which the hero unites a girl separated from her Pakistani mother who was visiting India.

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