Pakistan returnee Geeta's blood samples sent for fresh DNA test 

The development comes when government efforts to trace Geeta's biological parents have yielded no result so far.

Published: 21st June 2018 01:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2018 01:14 AM   |  A+A-

Geeta a deaf-mute Indian woman who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan more than a decade ago gestures at a press conference in New Delhi (File photo | PTI)

By PTI

INDORE: The blood samples of Geeta, a hearing and speech impaired Indian woman who returned from Pakistan in 2015, have been sent to a Hyderabad lab for a fresh DNA test, officials said today.

The development comes when government efforts to trace Geeta's biological parents have yielded no result so far.

The Indore district administration has sent Geeta's blood samples to Hyderabad's Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) on orders of the ministry of external affairs, a Madhya Pradesh government official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI Bhasha.

Since Geeta's return in October 2015, more than 10 families from different parts of India have claimed that she is their missing daughter.

But none of these claims could be verified in the DNA tests.

The official said the blood samples of all those who came to Indore claiming to be Geeta's parents were sent to a Delhi laboratory by the district administration to be matched with hers.

Geeta's DNA sample has been kept secure at the Delhi laboratory.

The government is also trying to find a suitable match for Geeta.

A fortnight ago, Geeta met six suitors from different parts of the country but she did not agree marry any of them.

These suitors were chosen from among those who had responded to a Facebook advert put out in this regard.

Geeta is currently staying in a shelter home run by an NGO, Mook Badhir Sangathan, under the supervision of the state's social justice and disabled persons welfare department.

She was found by Pakistan Rangers on the Samjhauta Express at Lahore railway station when she was around seven years old.

Karachi-based Edhi Foundation looked after her while she was in Pakistan.

 

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