KARACHI: Geeta, the stranded girl from India in Pakistan, will fly home shortly– thanks to the movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the Edhi Foundation and journalists across both countries.
In a message on the Facebook Page ‘Please Help Geeta Find a Home’ Faisal Edhi, thanked the Indian Foreign Minisiter Sushma Swaraj and Indian High Commissioner TC RAgwan. for helping in the case.
“I on behalf of Edhi family want to thank Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian High Commissioner Mr Ragwan for helping Geeta to repatriate. We will never forget the steps taken by Sushma Swaraj to help solving the Geeta’s case.”
He said he received a phone call from the Indian High Commission at 8pm on Friday night, where the Indian government told him that they had recognized Geeta as their citizen, and were going to fly her home soon.
“Geeta and my mother (Bilquis Edhi) became very happy after hearing this news all the children and people at Edhi Home Mithadar celebrated,” he said.
He said he hoped that once in India, Geeta gets to find her family.
Geeta, a deaf and mute girl crossed the Indian border 11 years ago. 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.
Several attempts to trace her family had gone in vain. However, her case received renewed attention 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.