Karachi: Geeta to return to India on October 26

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NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Friday confirmed that Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan around 15 years ago, will be back in the country on October 26, 2015.

Swarup said, “On October 26, Geeta will be back to India with five members of Edhi Foundation, who will be treated as state guests.”

“We will do a DNA test to establish conclusive proof of relation with the family Geeta has identified. If the test is positive, we will hand over Geeta to the family. Else we have identified institutions where she can be taken care of,” he added.

23-year-old Geeta was adopted by the Edhi Foundation s Bilquees Edhi and lives with her in Karachi.

She identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The family reportedly lives in Bihar.

Geeta, a young Hindu woman now in her early 20s, was around 11 years old when she inadvertently crossed the border from India to Pakistan, a mistake that sparked an odyssey to find her family.

It was a mistake that led to a long search for her family that captivated the public after a hit film with a similar plot was released in July.

The movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was released on July 17. Superstar Salman Khan plays an Indian man who finds a mute Pakistani girl and tries to reunite her with her family. The scriptwriters were unaware of Geeta s story, but the movie led to a surge in interest in her case.

2015-10-25

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