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Indian girl Geeta, comforted by volunteer of EDHI foundation, Karachi. Image courtesy: FB page/Please find Geeta's home[/caption]
In a major twist, Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan, who returned home on Monday after both the governments gave final clearances for her journey back, denies that Bihar's Mahto family is her parents.
Geeta reached New Delhi airport at 10:20 AM on Monday, by Pakistan International Airlines Flight 272 from Karachi. She is accompanied by five members of the Edhi Foundation which has been fostering her in Pakistan.
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- EAM Swaraj said that Geeta will be sent to an institution in Indore.
- Geeta says she don't recognize the Bihar's Mahto family, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
- Geeta arrives in Delhi after spending 13 years in Pakistan.
- Geeta's parents from Bihar reaches Ministry of External Affairs office in New Delhi
- Pakistan International Airlines Flight 272 from Karachi with Geeta onboard lands at Delhi's IGI airport.
- Pakistan High Commission officials reach Delhi airport to receive Geeta
- Senior Pakistan diplomats and officials of Ministry of External Affairs to receive Geeta at Delhi's IGI Airport
- Geeta accompanied by five fiver members of Eidhi Family.
- In a rare gesture, the Indian government will treat the members of the Karachi-based charity-Eidhi Foundation-as state guests.
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- EAM Sushma Swaraj to meet Geeta after she reaches Delhi.
- Jubilation in Bihar over return of Geeta.
- Geeta bids adieu to Edhi Home where she stayed for 13 years to embark on a journey to India to reunite with her family.
Reports added that, Geeta will be received at airport by senior Pakistani diplomats and officials from the ministry of external affairs.
Later in the evening, Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit and his wife will host a reception for Geeta and those accompanying her.
Vikas Swarup, Minister of External Affairs spokesperson during a weekly presser, on last Friday, maintained that Geeta will be handed over to the family in Bihar only after DNA test. If the tests turn out negative she will be handed over to a care home either in Delhi or in Indore, identified by Central Government.
Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old 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 charitable Edhi Foundation in Lahore and later she was shifted to a shelter home in Karachi.
23-year-old Geeta has been staying at the Edhi Foundation shelter home here for over a decade.
Fahad Edhi of the Edhi Foundation said that Geeta would leave by a PIA flight on Monday morning for New Delhi.
“She will be accompanied by me, my father Faisal Edhi, my mother and my grandmother Bilqees Edhi,” Fahad said.
He said they had got assurances that they would remain in New Delhi until the Indian authorities completed DNA tests to confirm the parentage of Geeta.
“We are going with her because she recognises the family in the photograph sent to us by the Indian High Commission as her family. But the DNA tests will confirm this,” Fahad said.
He said the Indian authorities had assured them that if the DNA tests came negative Geeta would be placed in safe custody.
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“She has been with us for so many years, she is like a family member and we would have liked her to remain with us, but obviously she wants to be in her country and with her real
family,” he said.
He said the Pakistan and Indian governments have completed all formalities for Geeta’s journey back home.
(With PTI Inputs)