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Looking for ‘Geeta’s’ family, Burney reaches India

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, October 13, 2012
First Published: 22:02 IST(13/10/2012) | Last Updated: 22:44 IST(13/10/2012)

Demanding help for 21-year-old deaf and dumb girl named ‘Geeta’, who is in Pakistan and is assumed to be an Indian, Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney said that there is the need to find the family of Geeta as she was now desperate to meet them.

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Addressing mediapersons at a press conference on Saturday, Burney said, “The Police had spotted a deaf and dumb girl in Lahore about ten years back. Now when she has grown up and started communicating through writing and gesture, it seems that she belongs to India and came by a train.”

Geeta has also written some letters in Hindi, also writes Sanskrit and through some gestures about appearance, we can make out that her family may be from Rajasthan, Gujarat or Maharashtra, added Burney.

Showing, the picture of Geeta, Burney said, “Our Trust is looking after her. She faces an identity crisis but we are making efforts to find her family in India and for that I want the help of people of India.”

Offering that the Ansar Burney Trust will look after the expenses on marriage of Geeta and her all needs in future, Burney said, “I just appeal to the family of Geeta that even if they don’t want to keep her, they just meet her once because she is very desperate to see her parents.”

Burney demanded that visa must be given for states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan so that they can look for family of Geeta.

Burney criticized the attack on teenaged human rights activist Malala Yousafzai in Burney said, “She was attacked because she raised voice against the Taliban. We must all pray for her well being.”

Showing concern a delegation of the journalists from Amritsar handed over a model of Harmandar Sahib to Burney as a gesture to pray for Malala.

 

‘People playing politics on Sarabjit case’

Answering various questions on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, Human Rights Activist Ansar Burney said, “I won’t name anyone but certainly there are some people who are playing politics in the name of Sarabjit Singh.”

After spending 22 years in jail, Sarabjit should not be hanged. There are 7500 people in Pakistan who are facing death sentence and 60-65 percent are innocent, he added.

Any exaggerated statement made in the context of Sarabjit spoils his case, he added.

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