Geeta, the speech and hearing impaired girl living in Pakistan, will return to India on Monday, over a decade after accidentally crossing the border.
The young girl will be received by Pakistani diplomats at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday morning. She will meet Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in the afternoon. Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit will also host her in the evening.
Geeta will be accompanied by members from the Edhi Foundation, which looked after her across the border. An Indian diplomat from the High Commission in Islamabad will also accompany her.
“Great, Geeta is returning to her native home tomorrow. We wish her healthy and prosperous life. Edhis are superb, a pride of Pakistan,” Basit tweeted on Sunday.
“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,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
According to sources, Geeta had identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. They reportedly live in Bihar.
At least four families had come forward to claim Geeta as their child. The MEA then asked for family photographs, which were sent her.
Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone inside the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers at the Lahore railway station 15 years ago. The local police took her to the Edhi Foundation.
The government plans to carry out a DNA test to verify Geeta’s parentage, before she is sent to live with them. Till the DNA test results come, she will be kept at a government