Jharkhand: Jamtara man claims Geeta as daughter
A middle-aged tribesman from Jamtara district of Jharkhand has claimed that speech- and hearing-impaired Geeta, who was sent to India from Pakistan on October 26 after foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s intervention, is one of his six daughters who went missing 14 years ago.ranchi Updated: Oct 30, 2015 14:03 IST
A middle-aged tribesman from Jamtara district of Jharkhand has claimed that speech- and hearing-impaired Geeta, who was sent to India from Pakistan on October 26 after foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s intervention, is one of his six daughters who went missing 14 years ago.
In August this year, a Bokaro couple had claimed that Geeta was their daughter, Kokia Kumari.
In an application to the Narayanpur police station, Sokha Kisku, a resident of Badabeva village, has said Geeta resembles her siblings and looks identical to what she was like 14 years ago, Jamtara superintendent of police Manoj Kumar Singh said on Thursday.
“The man claims that she went missing on a rainy day. We have registered his complaint under the missing people category in Jamtara,” Singh said.
Kisku in his application has also mentioned that his daughter suffered from the disabilities since her birth.
Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. She was then adopted by the Edhi Foundation’s Bilquis Edhi.
Her story came to light after the release of the Salman Khan starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, in which the hero unites a Pakistani girl with her mother.
In August, language experts claimed that writings by Geeta alias Guddi resemble the Malto dialect, used by the Pahariya tribal community in the Santhal Pargana region that includes Jamtara district.
Geeta in her writings had used the words ‘Malto’ and ‘Badogadi’ used in the Malto dialect, experts had said, claiming that she might be from Jharkhand. Also, Geeta had put her finger on Jharkhand and Telangana when her caretakers in Pakistan showed her a map of India.
Kisku’s daughter Chandmuni was informed by a friend from Bokaro about Geeta on Monday, police said. The family claimed that Geeta’s original name is Miloni Kisku and she would recognise her parents if allowed to meet them.
Kisku told police that they searched for Geeta for two years. “Failing to find her, they thought she might have been trafficked,” said a Narayanpur policeman.
Geeta has been kept at a rehabilitation home in Indore.
First Published: Oct 30, 2015 14:03 IST