'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' impact: Indian envoy set to meet deaf-and-dumb woman Geeta in Karachi today
Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Dr TCA Raghavan is due to meet the speech-and hearing impaired young Indian woman, Geeta, who has been stranded in Pakistan for at least 15 years and help her re-unite with her family back home.
New Delhi: Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Dr TCA Raghavan is due to meet on Tuesday the speech-and hearing impaired young Indian woman, Geeta, who has been stranded in Pakistan for at least 15 years and help her re-unite with her family back home.
According to reports, the Indian envoy is in Karachi and will meet the woman in a short while.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter this morning to confirm the development.
Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Dr.TCA Raghavan is reaching Karachi and will meet Geeta today.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 4, 2015
The development comes a day after the Government of India agreed to help the young woman, now 23 years old, and help her re-unite with her family members.
Swaraj had on Monday said that the Indian High Commission to Pakistan will meet the girl soon and try to help her.
"I have asked Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr TCA Raghavan to go to Karachi and meet this girl," Swaraj had tweeted.
EAM's tweet was in response to a query made by renowned human rights activist and Pakistan's ex-minister Ansar Burney in connection with the case earlier.
The response from the External Affairs Minister came in view of a fresh campaign launched by some Pakistani activists to unite the hearing and speech impaired Indian woman, who is stranded in the neighbouring country for at least 15 years.
The renewed push to unite the woman with her parents comes to light soon after the success of Bollywood film 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'.
As per a report in the Express Tribune newspaper, the girl is believed to have crossed into Pak territory as a child.
The Pakistan Rangers brought her to the Lahore centre of social welfare group Eidhi Foundation.
As per Faisal Eidhi of the foundation, all efforts to locate her family or hometown have gone in vain.
First brought to an Edhi Centre in Lahore, the girl was shifted to the shelter in Karachi where Bilquis Edhi named her 'Geeta' and has become quite close to the girl.
Using her fingers and facial expression, Geeta says she has seven brothers and four sisters.
Human rights activist and former minister Ansar Burney, who has raised Geeta's issue three years ago during a visit to India, is now running a Facebook campaign for her.
The foundation activists persuaded Geeta to begin a new life in Pakistan by getting married to a Hindu boy. In her sign language, she refused and made it clear that she will only get married once she returns home.
Amongst Geeta's writings, the numbers '193' make a frequent appearance. Faisal draws a house on a piece of paper and hands her a pen. Geeta takes it, smiles, and jots down the numbers beside it. '193', it seems, may be her house number, the paper added.
Interestingly, superstar Salman's movie revolves around a speech-impaired girl from Pakistan who finds herself lost in India with no way to return her home. An Indian man undertakes the task and reunites her with her family in Pakistan.