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Geeta sings national anthem in sign language

india Updated: Oct 29, 2015 08:56 IST
Geeta returns to India

Geeta takes part in morning prayers and singing the national anthem at the institute for the hearing and speech-impaired in Indore, on October 28, 2015.(Arun Mondhe/HT Photo)

Geeta, the speech and hearing impaired girl who returned to India recently after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan over a decade ago, on Wednesday presented the national anthem in sign language.

Geeta is currently staying at the premises of an NGO in Indore which runs an institute for the hearing and speech impaired. “Geeta presented the national anthem with sign language with other students. This is for the first time that she presented the Jana Gana Mana,” the institute’s sign language head Monika Punjabi Verma told PTI.

“Our priority is to make Geeta adjust in the new environment as soon as possible. Thereafter we will facilitate her education, including the professional training, to economically empower her.

“Alicia Sort Leal, a psychologist from Barcelona (Spain) is camping at the institute. Alicia’s help will be sought for Geeta,” she said.

Verma dismissed news reports that Geeta was unwell, saying she was tired after a long journey, but recovered after the rest.

Geeta, who had accidentally landed in Pakistan over a decade ago, returned to India on Monday, October 26. She 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 then adopted by the Edhi Foundation’s Bilquis Edhi. Her story came to light after the release of the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, in which the hero unites a Pakistani girl with her mother.