Geeta comes home, will be reunited with her family after DNA test

 

Geeta comes home, will be reunited with her family after DNA test
Deaf-mute Indian women 'Geeta' (C) is escorted by officials including Pakistan High Commission official Manzoor Ali Memon (R) as she leaves the Arrivals Hall of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on October 26, 2015, after arriving from the Pakistani city of Karachi.

New Delhi - Indian and Pakistani officials were present at the Indira Gandhi International Airport to receive her.

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Published: Mon 26 Oct 2015, 8:47 AM

Last updated: Mon 26 Oct 2015, 2:42 PM

Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman who has been stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, arrived in New Delhi on a flight from Pakistan, authorities said.
Indian and Pakistani officials were present at the Indira Gandhi International Airport to receive her.

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According to Pakistan High Commission here, Geeta, who came to Delhi by a Pakistan International Airlines flight 272, is accompanied by members of Edhi Foundation, a social welfare organisation that has been looking after her since 2003 when she crossed over to Pakistan accidentally.

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External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Saturday that Geeta has already identified one family as possibly being that of her parents.

Also read: Geeta identifies her family in India

"We will be doing DNA testing to establish conclusive proof. If the DNA tests match, Geeta will be handed over to that family. If not, we have identified suitable institutions where she will be looked after," Swarup said.

Also read: Geeta all set to fly home to India after 10 years

Geeta, now in her early 20s, was around 11 years old when she inadvertently crossed the border to Pakistan.
In 2003, Geeta-then 11 years old-was spotted by the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore, and handed over to the Edhi Foundation. Bilquis Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation, has named her Geeta.



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