The government on Thursday said the DNA sample of speech and hearing-impaired Geeta — an Indian national who returned from Pakistan recently after inadvertently crossing the border more than a decade ago — did not match with the Mahato family from Bihar, even as many other families have come forward to claim her as their daughter.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Indore on November 23 to meet Geeta and enquire about her well-being. Geeta is currently staying at a rehabilitation centre for deaf and mute people in Indore.
“It is true that we had conducted the DNA test. The Mahato family had come forward and, after seeing their pictures, Geeta had perhaps felt they were her parents. Their DNA test was also conducted. But the test result was negative,” Swarup said.
The report, prepared by AIIMS, has been sent to the Mahato family, he said. After arriving in India, Geeta had failed to recognise the Mahato family, though she had earlier identified them after seeing their photographs. Swarup said other families have claimed Geeta as their child and the government has sent their pictures to her, but she hasn’t reacted to any photograph.
Geeta’s story came to light after the release of Salman Khan-starer Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which the hero unites a little girl separated from her Pakistani mother who was visiting India.