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Indore: Geeta socialises, interacts with children, tries to be at home

indore Updated: Oct 29, 2015 16:29 IST
Nida Khan
Nida Khan
Hindustan Times
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Geeta takes part in the prayers at the institute for deaf and mute in Indore on Wednesday. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

Geeta, the speech and hearing-impaired Indian woman, who returned from Pakistan after spending 14 years across the border, spent her second day in Indore interacting with the children at a rehabilitation home, officials said on Wednesday.

Geeta is trying to adjust to the routine of the institute for deaf and mute and familiarise herself with the children, said Bharat Singh Gaud, the nodal officer at department of social justice and one of the teachers who would be working with her.

“She does not know much of sign language. So our priority is to make her comfortable first and then work on her skills.

“…She spent a major part of her day in socialising with the girls at the institute. They helped her grasp some knowledge about the words and letters in sign language,” he said.

He further said that Geeta’s formal training in sign language would start after three days. “Her informal training has begun, but a formal training would commence after three days…We will keep her under observation as she is quite tired with the travelling.

“Once she gets acclimatised, her formal training will begin. Also the DNA test will also come by then.”

Officials said that until the results of a DNA test being conducted to prove Geeta’s paternity is received, she will stay at the institute before she is handed over to her family members.

Another teacher at the institute, who asked not to be named, said Geeta woke up early to participate in the morning prayers had a glass of milk instead of tea.

“But in the morning, she seemed to be quite energetic and happy as she spent time with the girls and teachers residing here.”

Officials said that emphasis will be given on training Geeta in practical knowledge like identifying and communicating things which are required on a daily basis.

The sign language training would help her recall her childhood memories and information required to identify her hometown, some of them said.

“Geeta presented the national anthem in sign language with other students. This is the first time that she has presented the Jana Gana Mana,” the institute’s sign language head Monika Punjabi Verma said.

(With PTI inputs)