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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Geeta fails to recognise 3 claimants asserting to be her parents

Geeta, a 23-year-old girl who returned to India after living 15 years in Pakistan, declined the 3 claimants maintaining to be her parents on Friday. She has expressed confidence that ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ Salman Khan can search out her parents. However, the deaf and mute girl is learning sign language, computer, Hindi and English quite fast.

After arriving in New Delhi from Pakistan after 15 years on October 26, Geeta arrived in the city on October 27 and since then she is staying at Indore Deaf Bilingual Academy run by ISO certified Mook Badhir Sangathan Scheme at no. 71 in a separate room. In a press conference organised by the district administration she confidently replied to the many questions put forth by the media through one of her teachers and director of Sign Language Department of the Academy, Monika Punjabi Verma. Collector P Narahari was also present in the press conference and acted as a moderator too.

Geeta went missing when she was just 8-years-old and subsequently went to Pakistan. When asked about her memories of her family and home, she replied that they are 4 brothers and sisters and their home was close to a paddy and sugarcane field. But she did not know the name of the town and State. She drew a map on a note book showing her home. Recalling old memories she said that her original name is ‘Guddi’.

When Free Press asked if she recognized any one of the 3 claimants claiming to be her parents, she replied in the negative. She said Ramjan, a Pakistani boy, who came to India unknowingly, should also be sent back to his nation.

Quite a cheerful looking Geeta said that now she is very happy in India. Though, she is fervently awaiting the arrival of her parents, she is happy in the school. She said that she never celebrated Diwali in Pakistan, but did celebrate Holi there. After returning to India, for the first time she is going to celebrate Diwali here in the city. With joyful gestures she wished Happy Diwali to her fellow countrymen.

Swaraj to arrive in the city on Nov 23 to meet Geeta

Collector P Narahari informed the media that Minister of External Affaris Sushma Swaraj is coming to the city to meet Geeta. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is also planning to meet Geeta in the coming days. Collector told Free Press that she is not going to participate in the celebrity show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, though he received requests from some agencies. About the claimants of her alleged parents, he said that we are showing photographs to her whenever we receive them.

Source : Free press Journal , 7th Nov 2015

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