Couple claiming to be Geeta’s parents comes forward


WEB DESK: A deaf and mute couple from Amritsar claims that stranded Indian girl Geeta is their daughter, the Hindustan Times reported.

The couple, Rajesh Kumar and Ram Dulari, conveyed to Hindustan Times through their son, Raju, 14, that the girl being raised by Edhi Foundation in Karachi is their daughter Pooja, who they fondly used to call Guddi.

However, when Geeta was shown pictures of the couple she refused to recognize the couple as her parents. Through an interpreter at the Edhi Foundation she said that her mother wears a saree and not a shalwar kameez.

Raju said the family had migrated from Bihar to Amritsar several years ago and had been earning its livelihood by begging and ragpicking at the Amritsar station and its adjoining areas.

“Pooja, my sister, went missing from the Amritsar station over a decade ago,” he said.

Kuldeep Singh, a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) employee who has been assisting pilgrims headed for Golden Temple at the railway station since 1998, said: “Pooja may have boarded a train carrying a Sikh jatha (group of pilgrims) headed for Pakistan. She went missing suddenly. I used to see her begging at the station and on board trains.”

Geeta, lost her family at a pooja mela near the Indian border and crossed over to Pakistan by mistake. A Pakistani Rangers official handed her to the Edhi Centre in Lahore. She was later transferred to a women shelter run by Edhi in Karachi.

Geeta’s case has received renewed after Bollywood movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan hit the screens.

The movie starring Salman Khan tells the story of a mute Pakistani girl who crosses the border into India. She meets Salman, who vows to return her to her family, and risks his life doing so.

Source: Hindustan Times

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