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Geeta’s homecoming: Father says it’s rebirth for the family

Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan more than a decade ago, today arrived in New Delhi to meet her long-lost family.

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Geeta with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Bilkis Edhi (L) and Monica Punjabi (R) after a press conference in New Delhi on October 26. (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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Geeta hugs Sushma Swaraj after a press conference in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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Geeta shows two thumbs up who arrived in India on Monday (October 26) after being stranded in Pakistan for over a decade while Sushma Swaraj is joyful over Geeta's return after a press conference in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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Geeta poses with External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after a press conference in New Delhi. (Source" Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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In the 13 years since Geeta was discovered, alone and in distress by Pakistan Rangers in Lahore, Geeta has been looked after by philanthropist Bilquis Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation. Now, thanks to the efforts of both the Indian and the Pakistani governments, the young girl has returned to her country– to be reunited with her family. (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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Geeta, a deaf and mute Indian woman arrives at the airport in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. She was greeted at the airport by scores of well-wishers as she arrived in a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Karachi hoping to be reunited with her family (Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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Geeta was received at the airport by her family who came all the way from Bihar. (Source: Express photo)

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Geeta’s father, Janardhan Mahato, told The Indian Express before leaving for MEA: “Hira loved to get photographed as a child. Then we didn't have camera. what is happening today is destiny. (Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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Pakistan officials greet the Indian girl. Geeta, now 23, was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by Pakistani Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. (Express Photo)

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Before boarding a Pakistan International Airlines flight to the Indian capital, a beaming Geeta thanked the Pakistani people for hosting and taking care of her throughout the years. (Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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Indian national Geeta, right, displays her family photograph to Faisal Edhi, head of Edhi Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Geeta, who accidently crossed the border into Pakistan as a child nearly 12 years ago returned to India on Monday. (Source: AP)

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Faisal Edhi, left, head of Edhi Foundation, presents a bouquet of flowers to Indian national Geeta prior her departure from Karachi, Pakistan. (Source: AP)

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Geeta prays at charitable Edhi Foundation in Karachi. Before boarding a Pakistan International Airlines flight to the Indian capital, Geeta thanked the Pakistani people for hosting and taking care of her throughout the years. (Source: AP)