Geeta says, "Mahto family is not her's": Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: A deaf and mute girl Geeta, who was stranded in Pakistan more than a decade ago, has now returned to India finally on Monday where she will soon reunite with her biological parents. But a twist has come in her reunion as Geeta has refused to recognise the Mahto family, that had received her at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, after meeting them.

Speaking to reporters in a press conference with the 23-year-old fortunate Geeta, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Geeta has refused to identify the Mahtos from Bihar, who had claimed her as their lost daughter. "Geeta says the Mahto family is not hers. We will still do a DNA test to establish the truth," Sushma said.

"Geeta as of now is refusing to recognize her family after meeting them. Geeta says the Mahto family is not hers but because the blood samples have gone we will wait for the DNA test reports," she said.

"To remove all doubts that may arise due to the long time that has passed, we will do the DNA test. No matter if we find her (Geeta's) parents or not, she is a daughter of India and we will take care of her. For now, she is being sent to Indore," she added.

The Union minister, who was instrumental in getting Geeta back, said she will be kept in an institution in Indore while the DNA tests are done. "Four couples from different states have claimed Geeta as their daughter. We are investigating every claim," she said.

"Today is a very memorable day, our daughter Geeta is back in India. I am very very grateful to you (Bilquis Edhi) for taking care of Geeta in Karachi," Sushma said, addressing the philanthropist family from Pakistan which had provided shelter to Geeta while she was stuck there years back.

Meanwhile, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has deputed two doctors to collect Geeta's DNA samples to determine her parentage and the results will be known after 15-20 days.

"We have deputed two doctors to collect the DNA samples of Geeta from the hotel where she is staying. These samples will be sent to the AIIMS Forensic lab and Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for carrying out necessary tests to determine her parentage," said Dr Sudhir Gupta.

According to Dr Gupta, they have already collected the samples of the family which claimed Geeta as its own on October 24 after the Ministry of External Affairs wrote to the hospital. The Ministry had asked it to collect samples for DNA test to confirm if Janardhan Mahato, who claims that Geeta is his first born Heera, is indeed her father.

Reportedly, Janardhan Mahto had earlier said that they lost Geeta years ago at a carnival in Jalandhar, Punjab. He believe that Geeta is their lost-long daughter Heera.

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