Geeta, the speech-and hearing-impaired Indian living in Pakistan, will return on October 26, over a decade after accidentally crossing the border.
She will be accompanied by five officials from charitable Edhi Foundation, which has been looking after her.
“Geeta will come back to India on October 26. Five members of Edhi Foundation will come with her, who will be treated as State guests,” MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said.
According to sources, Geeta has identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. They reportedly lives in Bihar.
Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. The police took her to the Edhi Foundation.
The government is planning to carry out DNA test to verify Geeta’s parents, before she is sent to live with them.