Girl searches for her family in India

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Girl searches for her family in India

Geeta, 21, has been living a hopeless life for almost a decade ever since she accidently strayed across the border to Pakistan one day. Now there are chances that Geeta may be able to reunite with her family in India.

Pakistan former federal minister for human rights Ansar Burney would visit India on October 12 in search of the girl’s family. Whereabouts of Geeta’s family is still unknown. Worst still, the girl cannot speak or hear. She is also unaware of the place where her family stays. But for some words, Geeta’s can hardly write in Hindi. All she’s told Burney is that she use to live by the river side with her family before she strayed  into Pakistan. She has seven brothers and three sisters.

Geeta was found by the police at the Lahore railway station about 10-12 years ago. Burney maintains that she probably must have accidently boarded the Samjhauta Express, the peace train between India and Pakistan, and reached the other side of the border.  Despite odds, Burney isn’t giving up the hunt.

He says he would also bring videos and pictures of the girl from Pakistan that would help expedite the identification process. As narrated to him by Geeta, Burney said there is a hotel and a hospital in the backdrop of her family’s small hut in the fields next to the river. Burbey said, “If Geeta’s family is traced in India, the Pakistan government would be able to send her home. I also appeal to the Indian government to help me trace the family of the girl nicknamed Guddi”.

Burney said he has already uploaded the pictures of the girl on the social media. He hoped that its circulation will ensure that her family is traced at the earliest. There is a strong possibility that Geeta’s relatives or family members recognize the picture and reach out, he said.

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