NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has appealed to the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh to verify the claims of the four families from these states which say that Geeta, the speech- and hearing-impaired Indian woman stuck in Pakistan for more than a decade, is their long-lost daughter.
“I am requesting the Chief Ministers of these states to verify and report,” Sushma wrote on her Twitter handle, which has 32 lakh followers, on Saturday.
Sushma, who had promised to bring Geeta back to India, said on Saturday that the woman had told Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan T C A Raghavan that she had seven brothers and sisters. Raghavan along with his wife had flown to Karachi to meet Geeta on Sushma’s instructions. “She also conveyed that she had visited a temple with her father. Then she wrote down “Vaishno Devi’,” the minister said.
Sushma also made an appeal: “With these details, please help locate Gita’s family.” She also retweeted the posts of a Karachi journalist who had tweeted a photograph of the rudimentary map drawn by Geeta of her house and its surroundings. She had also written the names of her brothers and sisters, mostly in the Devnagari script, and others in Hindi.
Thirteen years after she was left with a charity group in Karachi, 23-year-old Geeta now has a higher chance than ever to find her family after the Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijan released.