External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a video appeal on Sunday asked people to help Geeta, a deaf and mute girl to find her Parents. The minister also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who has any information about Geeta’s family or who can help Geeta reunite with her parents. Geeta returned to India from Pakistan in October 2015 to find her parents after being stranded in Pakistan for over a decade.
Swaraj in her appeal said there could not be a better deed than helping a girl find her parents and urged those people, who know about any family which had a mute and deaf girl who went missing around 12 years back, to come forward. She added that Geeta had come to India with lots of hope to be united with her family.
Geeta returned to India in October 2015 and has been staying at an institution for hearing and speech impaired people run by an NGO in Indore. Sushma also appealed to Geeta’s parents to come forward to take her home and assured that the government will ensure that her all needs from studies to marriage will be taken care of.
“In last two years, she has learnt sign language, computers and stitching but sometimes she starts crying for her family. I announce a reward of Rs 1 lakh to whosoever finds her parents and it will a great service to unite a girl to her family,” said the minister.
15 years ago, Geeta was spotted sitting alone inside the Samjhauta Express at the Lahore railway station by the Pakistan Rangers when she was just 7 or 8 years old. Before coming back to India, she adopted by Bilquis Edhi, a Pakistani philanthropist attached to the Edhi Foundation, and lived with her in Karachi.