Geeta the Indian woman who was stranded in Pakistan for a decade and reached India (Oct 26) says the family she had identified in photos is not hers. Geeta had arrived in Delhi some days after she identified her family in photos sent from India.
The government will now do a DNA test to ascertain if the family who met her in Delhi is really hers.
Geeta who has speech and hearing impairments was 11 when she strayed into Pakistan. She was visibly jubilant when she left the Edhi shelter home in Karachi where she had spent most of her time in Pakistan. She was driven to the Karachi Airport accompanied by members of the Edhi family and her friends. At the airport Pakistani officials showered her with more gifts.
Apart from a family from Bihar that Geeta identified from photographs and later met in Delhi, at least 2 other families claimed her as their own. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said they would counsel Geeta to accept her family if the DNA test proves they are related. If the test are negative, she will stay in a shelter home until her family is traced.
Swaraj said family or not, Geeta is our daughter and she thanked Pakistan for looking after her for so long.