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Geeta identifies her family, flying home very soon

KARACHI: Geeta, a 23-year-old hearing and speech impaired Indian woman stranded in Pakistan and adopted by the Edhi Foundation’s Bilquees Edhi, has identified her family in Bihar, Edhi Foundation spokesman Anwar Kazmi confirmed. Geeta identified her father, step-mother and step-siblings in a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. She is likely to be flown home once her documents are sorted out. Geeta was found by the Lahore police 13 years ago, sitting alone and disorientated on the Samjhota Express that had travelled across the border. Officers took the girl to the Edhi Foundation in Lahore, where she remained while the charity tried to track down her family, but met with no success. After she tried to escape several times and quarrelled with staff, Bilquees Edhi, who always had an easy relationship with her, brought her to Karachi six months ago and welcomed her into her own home. Speaking through sign language, Geeta told media men that one day she became annoyed after being told off by her parents, left the house and kept walking for hours. “Then”, she swings her hands back and forth in a loop, a sign for a moving train, “I boarded the train and slept.” Through sign language, she said her home is next to a river, set in fields with the house behind a hospital and a restaurant.






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