Geeta refuses to recognise family, will conduct DNA test
As Geeta – a hearing and speech impaired young woman who returned to India on Monday from Pakistan after more than a decade – has refused to recognise people who claimed to be her lost family members, a DNA test would be conducted to clear the air.
“Geeta has refused to recognise her family after meeting them. The Indian government will still conduct a DNA test,” Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj told a press conference on Monday.
“Since four families from as many states have claimed Geeta to be their daughter, I have written to the chief ministers of these states to probe the claim. For the time being, we are sending Geeta to an institution in Indore (Madhya Pradesh),” Sushma Swaraj said.
Geeta was left stranded in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border.
Geeta, now in her early 20s, was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers at the Lahore railway station in 2003.
She was adopted by Pakistan NGO Edhi Foundation’s Bilquees Edhi and lived with her since then in Karachi.
Geeta boarded Pakistan International Airlines flight 272 at Karachi airport and arrived in New Delhi at 10.30 a.m. on Monday.