External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj met Geeta, the 23-year-old woman who returned to India after spending 15 years in Pakistan, in Indore. Swaraj spent around 30 minutes with Geeta on Tuesday night, who was quite happy to meet Swaraj after a gap of over a month.
“Geeta always looks forward to meet Sushma madam as she is very attached to her. She showed her a cloth she wove during her vocational training at the institute,” said Monica Punjabi, owner of Indore Deaf Bilingual Academy (IDBA), the institute where Geeta is currently staying.
Assuring Geeta that the government is making all possible efforts to find her parents, Swaraj also inquired about her progress in sign language and other courses she has taken up at the institute.
“Geeta is learning sign language at the institute along with a few vocational courses in stitching and knitting. These will help her in getting a livelihood and will make her independent,” said Punjabi.
In the first week of December, Swaraj had also requested for a picture of Geeta dressed in her childhood avtaar with two pony tails so that it becomes easier for the authorities to distinguish pictures which families claiming to be her parents bring along with them. The picture was then tweeted by the minister through her twitter handle on December 18.
It was also reported that Geeta expressed happiness and contentment over her stay at the institute by adding that she wants to complete her course and then only move out.
“She is very happy at the institute and mentioned that even if her parents get located, she wants to pursue her course and only then move out as this training is very crucial for her,” said a translator, on conditions of anonymity.