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Geeta wants to return home in Bihar, meet Salman Khan

indore Updated: Oct 18, 2015 17:04 IST
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Geeta interacts with a group of deaf and mute children of Indore through video-conferencing on Saturday. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

Geeta, the deaf and mute Indian woman who wandered across the border into Pakistan as child 15 years ago, on Saturday interacted with deaf and mute children of Indore.

Talking in sign language on video conferencing at the Tukoganj police station, Geeta expressed her desire to meet Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who was born in Indore.

The programme was organised by Gyanedra Purohit, who works for deaf and mute children.

Geeta, who goes by only one name, was found by Pakistani security forces near Pakistan’s eastern border with India in 2001.

Since then, she has been in the care of the Edhi Foundation, one of Pakistan’s largest charities headed by the country’s most famous philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Geeta’s story gained media attention after the Bollywood film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, staring Khan, was released in July with a plot similar to her case.

In the film, Khan’s character attempts to reunite a mute Pakistani girl with her family after she was separated from them during a trip to India.

During the video conference, Geeta told the children, who have written to Khan to bring back her back to India, that she hails from a small village in Bihar and wants to return home.

She further said that she was eager to visit Indore.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, during a visit to her constituency Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, said that a DNA test will be conducted before Geeta is handed over to the her family members.