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Geeta, an Indian deaf and mute girl stranded in Pakistan for 10+ years returns Home

Geeta from Pakistan

Most of us would have seen Bajrangi Bhaijaan but never would have believed that it could happen in real life. Much like the movie, Geeta, a deaf and mute girl had accidentally crossed the border over 10 years ago when she was a child.

Geeta, the young Indian woman who came back home in India on 26 October 2015, after spending more than a decade in Pakistan, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi.

Geeta was just 7 or 8 years old when Pakistan Rangers found her sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express at the Lahore railway station, over 10 years ago. She went missing from Kartarpur near Jalandhar, where she had gone to a Baisakhi fair. She’s deaf and unable to speak. At the time, her father reportedly worked as a mason in Punjab.

Geeta was adopted by the Karachi-based Edhi Foundation’s Bilquees Edhi.

“I am very happy to be in India. My heart is filled with happiness. I am touched the way I am being welcomed. In Pakistan, I used to often feel sad,” said Geeta, through a sign language interpreter, at a press conference along with Swaraj.

“Don’t think any amount of words is enough to thank Edhi family for taking care of Geeta. They are apostles of kindness and compassion,” PM Modi tweeted after meeting Geeta.

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj thanked the Pakistan government and the NGO who took care of Geeta.

Geeta identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian high commission in Islamabad. Her family reportedly lives in Bihar.

The Indian high commission said that Geeta will be handed over to her family in India only if DNA tests show she’s related to the family members. If the DNA test is inconclusive she will be accommodated at one of two institutions that are located in Delhi and Indore.

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