More than a decade after she accidently crossed over to Pakistan, Geeta, the deaf and mute Indian woman, will soon return to her family in India. The Indian government has “almost completed the procedure” to bring her home.
“We have located her family. She will be handed over to the family only after the DNA test,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted Thursday.
Later, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said three sets of photographs were sent to Geeta out of which she has identified one as possibly her parents. He added that a conclusive proof of parentage could be only established through DNA testing.
“If the DNA test verifies that they are indeed her parents then she will be handed over to them. If not, we have identified two institutions — one in Delhi and one in Indore — which are meant for people with certain disabilities,” he added.
Geeta’s Indian nationality has already been verified. She was reportedly just seven or eight when she was found alone in the Samjhauta Express some 15 years ago at Lahore station.
Since then, she has been looked after by Edhi Foundation.