A couple from a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district has claimed that the deaf and mute Indian girl stuck in Pakistan for about 14 years is their daughter. “I am requesting the Chief Ministers of these states to verify and report”, Ms. Swaraj tweeted.
“Geeta conveyed to Indian High Commissioner by gestures that they are seven brothers and sisters”, Swaraj said.
She said that a few days later, Savita went missing and a report was also lodged with the police station concerned, Ganesh said.
Sushma Swaraj had requested the envoy to go to Karachi to meet Gita.
During her meeting with the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan, this past week, Geeta had conveyed that she had visited the Vaishno Devi shrine in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains in Jammu with her father, and that she has six siblings.
“This should further help in locating Geeta’s family”, added Ms Swaraj.
Gita, 23, is believed to have mistakenly crossed into Pakistani territory as a child.
Leading Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney, who has been intently pursuing Gita’s case, had travelled to India in October 2012 with pictures of the woman however was unable to make progress. The girl is searching for her parents.
The news channels have been showing the story of Gita drawing a similarity with the reel life character “Munni” of the Bollywood blockbuster “Bajrangi Bhaijaan“.
The girl was handed over to the Edhi Foundation, a social welfare organisation in Pakistan. She also retweeted the posts of a Karachi journalist who had tweeted a photograph of the rudimentary map drawn by Geeta of her house and its surroundings. “For years, we have been trying to locate her family or her hometown so that she can return”, Faisal said.