Geeta Back to India After 10 Years


NEW DELHI: The 15-year long wait to return home from Pakistan for hearing and speech impaired Indian national Geeta ended on Monday. Geeta’s flight from Karachi landed at Indira Gandhi National Airport in New Delhi around 10:40 AM. Senior diplomats from the Pakistan high commission received Geeta on her arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport.

Geeta was just 7 or 8 years old when Pakistan Rangers found her sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express at the Lahore railway station, around 15 years ago. She went missing from Kartarpur near Jalandhar, where she had gone to a Baisakhi fair. She’s deaf and unable to speak. At the time, her father reportedly worked as a mason in Punjab.

The Indian high commission said that Geeta will be handed over to her family in India only if DNA tests show she’s related to the family members. If the DNA test is inconclusive she will be accommodated at one of two institutions that are located in Delhi and Indore.

Anardhan Mahato, who has been identified by Geeta as her father, expressed confidence that he will pass the DNA test for sure.”They can take a DNA test or whatever they want. I am not running anywhere. I will pass the DNA test,” Mahato said.