News of Geeta, a girl who was brought back to India from Pakistan, had made massive headlines in the year 2015. Now, EAM Sushma Swaraj has appealed people to help Geeta in finding her parents. She has also announced a massive cash reward of Rs 1 Lakh for the person who is able to find Geeta’s parents. “Main ye bhi ghoshna karti hoon ki jo vyakti hamein Geeta ke maa-baap ko milwa dega hum ussey 1 Lakh rupaiye ka inam denge, (I also announce that whoever will help finding Geeta, we will reward him/her Rs 1 Lakh)” Swaraj was quoted as saying by ANI.
Geeta, a deaf and mute girl, had returned to India after a decade after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan as a child. She had received an emotional welcome but failed to recognise a family which she had initially identified from photographs. Geeta was received by senior officials from External Affairs Ministry and Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on her arrival from Karachi. The girl also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who played a key role in bringing her back. “Welcome back home, Geeta. It is truly wonderful to have you back home… All of India will take care of you,” Modi had said upon the girl’s arrival in India.
An emotional Geeta, through an interpreter, said, “I am very happy to be in India. My heart is filled with happiness. I am touched the way I am being welcomed. In Pakistan, I used to often feel sad.” Modi had also thanked the Edhi family who had taken care of Geeta for over a decade and announced Rs 1 crore assistance for their foundation. The prime minister had described the family as “apostles of kindness and compassion”.