In 2003, Geeta was spotted by the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore after she strayed across the border.
She was handed over to the Edhi Foundation, a well-known social welfare organisation in Pakistan run by Abdul Sattar Edhi and his wife, Bilquis Edhi.
Named Geeta by Bilquis Edhi, the woman lived in different shelter homes run by the foundation. She stayed in Lahore for the first two years, and was later brought to Karachi.
Bollywood blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan gave momentum to a campaign to reunite Geeta with her family.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan supported the government’s effort to bring back Geeta and unite her with her rightful parents, just as he did in his runaway hit “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj intervened and asked the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr TCA Raghavan, and his wife to visit Geeta.
Geeta today arrived in New Delhi to meet her long-lost family.
(With agency inputs)