Geeta officially recognised as Indian citizen: Faisal Edhi

Published: September 13, 2015
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Geeta. PHOTO: FILE

Geeta. PHOTO: FILE

Geeta, a deaf and mute girl, who  has been stranded in Pakistan for the last 13 years has officially been recognised as an Indian citizen.

“Two days ago, I received a call from an official of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, PK Jain, saying that Geeta has been recognised as an Indian citizen from the proof they have collected,” Geeta’s custodian, Faisal Edhi, said while speaking to The Express Tribune.

Read: District court rejects petition against Geeta’s ‘unlawful detention’

“The Indian government is now making travel arrangements and will send a letter to the Edhi Foundation and Pakistani government in this regard,” Faisal added.

Further, he said the Indian government would issue her temporary travel documents and will request the Pakistani government to issue her a visa.

“However, her family has not been located so far,” Faisal further said.

When informed about the development, Geeta celebrated the news at Edhi’s shelter home.

Faisal Edhi also posted the news on a Facebook page, Please Help find Geeta’s Home. An Indian girl stranded in Pakistan. Expressing his happiness over the news, he wrote, “This moment was very happy for me. I rushed to Geeta to give her this news, but she was not there, she went to attend the inmate girls marriages at Edhi Home Sohrab Goth.”

But when he finally got the chance to tell her, Faisal said Geeta was very happy. “Geeta and my mother (Bilquis Edhi) became very happy after hearing this news all the children and people at Edhi Home Mithadar celebrated.”

Read: Raksha bandhan: Stranded in a distant land, Geeta finds a ‘brother’

Faisal also thanked Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian High Commissioner Ragawan for their help. “We will never forget the steps taken by Sushma Swaraj to help solve Geeta’s case.”

Earlier, a District and Sessions Court South dismissed an application filed against Geeta’s ‘unlawful detention’ under Section 552. The court accepted Edhi lawyer’s argument that proper procedure should be adopted through the Foreign Office for Geeta’s return to her native country, India.

An application had been filed by an Indian lawyer, Momin Malik, through Pakistani lawyers, under Section 552 of the criminal procedure code, which empowers the judge to compel restoration of abducted females.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Timorlane
    Sep 13, 2015 - 3:34PM

    A Pakistani child much younger than this woman was caught by indian navy

    alongside his fisherman father. indians later released the fishermen

    including his father but kept the child in jail under inhuman

    conditions as narrated by his father. But Pakistani media

    would never bother about uttering a single word on

    that Pakistani child but would keep crying

    for this woman been living with

    care in Edhi House instead

    of a jail Recommend

  • Mahesh
    Sep 13, 2015 - 4:56PM

    @Timorlane: India could not release him because Pakistani officials didn’t do the necessary paper work needed for his release or proof as Pakistani citizen. And Indian jails are not Five star hotels we all know that.Recommend

  • Brar
    Sep 13, 2015 - 5:42PM

    @Timorlane: We are thankful to Eidhi Foundation and Pakistan for caring for this girl and in stead of blaming ask your Govt to issue temporary travel documents for this child at the earliest and as regards your comments regarding Indian jail we know the conditions of jails in our countries/Recommend

  • Malik
    Sep 13, 2015 - 9:25PM

    I agree with Salman khan, who said that she should stay in Pk. She is enjoying a semi-celebrity lifestyle here in Pakistan. Either way, her choice. Good luck to her.Recommend

  • Haider Rehman
    Sep 14, 2015 - 12:59AM

    @Mahesh
    Did India do any paperwork for Geeta? NO But she was NOT kept in a prison. She was respectfully treated.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 14, 2015 - 5:37AM

    A Hindu flower would not be safe in Arabic desert.Recommend

  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Sep 14, 2015 - 5:44AM

    Very good article by writer, keep it up…Recommend

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