The external affairs ministry is making fresh efforts to find the parents of Geeta, the speech and hearing impaired woman who returned to India more than a decade after mistakenly foraying into Pakistan.
Geeta has been staying in a home in Indore which looks after speech and hearing impaired people like her.
Now the ministry has released a new picture of Geeta. “Geeta doesn’t have pictures of herself when she was a teenager. Based on information we got from Geeta we have taken her picture. This is an actual picture, not a photo-shopped one,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Swarup said that when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went to Indore last month to meet Geeta, she asked her how she could have looked like when she was eight.
Geeta was then done up on the basis of what she said and the result was the photograph of a grown-up Geeta with her hair tied in two plaits. Swarup said the picture would be displayed by the public broadcaster and other media outlets.
If anyone who knows Geeta finds this photograph , they can come forward and help the MEA.
“This is our best bet and hope those who can recognise her as she looked back then can still come forward and we remain hopeful that Geeta can be reunited with her family.”
Meanwhile, he said several families have come forward hoping that Geeta was their lost daughter, including a Muslim family.
“We sent all their photos but, according to Geeta, not a single one of them looked like her parents,” he said.