Deaf-mute Geeta lands in Delhi from Pakistan


Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman who has been stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, on Monday arrived in New Delhi on a flight from Pakistan.

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

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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.

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“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.

Geeta had identified her family from a photograph sent to her by Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

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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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