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Geeta, deaf-mute girl stranded in Pakistan, to return to India on Oct 26: MEA

Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border over a decade ago, will return to her country on October 26, the MEA confirmed on Friday.

“On 26th Oct, Geeta will be back to India, with 5 members of Edhi Foundation who will be treated as state guests,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

“We will do a DNA test to establish conclusive proof of relation with the family Geeta has identified. If the DNA test is positive, we will hand over Geeta to the family. Else we have identified institutions where she can be taken care of,” he added.

The man believed to be Geeta’s father is Janardhan Mahto from Bihar’s Saharsa district, who has five sons and two daughters. Geeta, he has claimed, is his first born Heera, who was lost in a fair in 2004.

The story of Geeta became more famous as it was similar with the one depicted in Salman Khan blockbuster “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.

Geeta, now 21, was reportedly around 11, when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station.

Police took her to the Edhi Foundation in Lahore and later she was shifted to Karachi.

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, T C A Raghavan, and his wife had visited Geeta in August after Swaraj directed him to meet her and try to locate her family.

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