Geeta, the aurally and speech-challenged girl, who has been living in Pakistan for the last decade, after having accidentally crossed the border, has finally arrived in New Delhi, today.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed Geeta. “Geeta – Welcome home our daughter.,” tweeted Swaraj.
Before boarding a PIA flight, Geeta thanked the people of Pakistan, who took care of her for all these years.
Faisal Edhi, of the Edhi foundation, interacting with reporters, said, they would continue to stay in touch with Geeta through social media, and even visit her. “She is not really separating from us,” he said.
Geeta will undergo a DNA test which will establish her relation with her family.“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,” Ministry of External Affairs had said, on October 23.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup, had earlier said, Geeta will be back in India, with 5 members of the Edhi Foundation, who will be treated as state guests.
The 21-year-old Geeta was reportedly around 11, when Pakistan Rangers found her alone on the Samjhauta Express, at the Lahore railway station. She was taken to the Edhi Foundation in Lahore, and later shifted to Karachi.