Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 10 years ago at the Lahore railway station. She’s deaf and unable to speak.
After efforts by the Indian government, Geeta is finally returning to India on Monday and will be living with Gyanendra and his wife Monica’s NGO in Indore till she is reunited with her family in Bihar. The foreign ministry has said a final DNA test will be done to conclusively establish her parentage.
According to sources, Geeta had identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. They reportedly live in Bihar.
If the DNA test of the family (who claims to be Geeta’s family) matches with Geeta’s DNA, she will be handed over to them. If the DNA test does not match then, Geeta will be taken care by a good organisation till she meets her family,” the second secretary of the Indian high commission in Pakistan, PK Jain said.
As farewell, the Edhi family have given Geeta gold jewellery and sarees. In Indore the Purohit family which plans to help Geeta have a special welcome gift in mind for her – a sign language-dubbed copy of Bajrangi Bhaijaan – the 2015 Salman Khan-starrer film to which Geeta’s story has drawn many parallels to.