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Ludhiana family in despair as Geeta refuses to identify them

Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana
Oct 27, 2015 10:36 AM IST

A city-based family that claimed Pakistan-returned woman Geeta, a speech and hearing impaired woman, to be their daughter Heera Mani, is in despair after she denied identifying them as her parents.

A city-based family that claimed Pakistan-returned woman Geeta, a speech and hearing impaired woman, to be their daughter Heera Mani, is in despair after she denied identifying them as her parents.

Members of a Ludhiana family who claim Geeta to be their daughter watching news of her arrival in India on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Members of a Ludhiana family who claim Geeta to be their daughter watching news of her arrival in India on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

Shocked by her reaction, the family said they were meeting her after a decade and it could be the reason that she did not recognise them.

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Now, all their hopes are pinned on the DNA test. They said the test would prove that she was their daughter.

On Monday morning, they were stuck to their television screen, which they bought television a few days ago just to watch news of Geeta.

Geeta’s “sister” Sunita said, “She was elder to me. I was a kid when Mani went missing, but I can recognise her face among a hundred people.”

Sunita said, “Mani’s appearance has changed, but I am sure that she is my separated sister. Mani has also recognised her pictures sent to Pakistan through foreign ministry.”

Mani’s sister-in-law Mamta, said, “I was also shocked to see the news that she had denied recognising the family.”

Mani’s brothers Manoj Kumar and Vinod, father Janardan Mehto and mother Shanti Devi had gone to Delhi to meet her on Monday.

Talking to Hindustan Times over phone, Manoj Kumar said, “After landing in India, she hugged her father, but later, she said that she does not recognise them. We have decided to stay in Delhi for the next few days and we will meet her again.”

Neighbours huddled at home

Since morning, neighbours made a beeline for Mani’s residence at Ramesh Nagar on Tibba Road to congratulate the family on her arrival.

Kulwinder Kaur, a neighbour, said she knew Mani since she was a toddler. She used to play in their house. She claimed that Mani was married and she remembered her marriage. She used to visit them even after her marriage, she claimed.

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    Tarsem Singh Deogan is a senior reporter at Ludhiana. He has 16 years of experience in journalism. He has covered all beats and now focuses on crime reporting.

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