Burney Bhaijaan to visit India on Sept 2 to locate Indian woman's family

  • Harkirat Singh, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2015 23:00 IST
Leading rights activist and Pakistan’s former human rights minister Ansar Burney with Geeta, the Indian woman stranded in Pakistan 15 years ago. (HT Photo)

Inspired by the Bollywood film 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', Pakistan's noted human rights activist Ansar Burney has decided to visit India to locate the family of the missing Indian girl, Geeta, who is being looked after by a social welfare group in Karachi.

Deaf and mute, Geeta strayed into Pakistani territory about 13 years back and has since been stuck there. She is being looked after by the Karachi centre of Edhi Foundation, which has been trying to locate her family.

Announcing Burney's trip, Amritsar-based Akhil Bharatiya Human Rights Organisation general secretary Hawa Singh Tanwar said he would reach here on September 2. On September 4, Burney, also a former minister in the federal government of Pakistan, will go to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh to meet the Dalai Lama.

"Burney called me up and sought help to find Geeta's family," Tanwar said while showing a copy of the letter that he received from Burney on Monday to select mediapersons here on Tuesday.

In the letter, Burney said that other than the Edhi Foundation, the Ansar Burney Trust International is also looking for Geeta's family.

Tanwar is a friend of Burney's and whenever he comes to India through the Attari-Wagah border, he makes it a point to meet Tanwar.

Tanwar has started collecting information about the girl. "If only we know the area from where she crossed over into Pakistan, we may be able to locate her hometown," he said.

Pointing out that soon after straying into Pakistani territory she was apprehended by the Pakistan Rangers and taken to the Edhi Foundation centre in Lahore, Tanwar said there was every likelihood that she might have crossed over through the border areas of Punjab that touched Pakistan. If she had crossed over from any other state, she might not have been taken to Lahore, he added.

Geeta, now 23, was shifted from Lahore to the Edhi centre in Karachi. Being deaf and mute she cannot communicate easily, but through signals she has indicated that she is from India.

Following the success of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', a number of Pakistani human rights activists and social workers have taken up the case of Geeta and seem determined to unite her with her family.

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