14.1 C
New Delhi
Sunday 26 January 2020

Geeta calls Swaraj ‘guardian’ who cared for her ‘like mother’

Sushma Swaraj described Geeta as "Hindustan ki Beti" and said even if she does not meet her family, she will never be sent back to Pakistan

Indore: Geeta, the hearing and speech- an impaired woman who returned to India from Pakistan in 2015 following extensive efforts by Sushma Swaraj, on Wednesday said she has lost a “guardian” and “motherly figure” in the death of the former external affairs minister.

A tearful Geeta, through sign language, said Swaraj used to be concerned about her well-being “like a mother”. Swaraj, who died in New Delhi on Tuesday night after a massive cardiac arrest at the age of 67, had a deep emotional attachment with Geeta.

In November last year, the then external affairs minister described Geeta as “Hindustan ki Beti” (daughter of India) and said “even if she does not meet her family, she will never be sent back to Pakistan. The Indian government will foster her.”

Following her return to India in October 2015, Geeta, who is believed to be in her late 20s, has been staying and studying at an institution for deaf and mute people run by an NGO at Indore in Madhya Pradesh, under the supervision of the social justice department.

Sandeep Pandit, the warden of the NGO’s hostel where Geeta has been staying, said that the news of Swaraj’s death was given to her on Wednesday morning. “Geeta has been very sad and in tears since then. We are consoling her,” he said. According to Pandit, Geeta, through her sign language, said: “she felt as if she had lost a guardian”.

“Swaraj was always worried about her well-being like a mother,” Pandit quoted Geeta as saying. “Geeta said Swaraj used to talk to her and discuss all her problems and progress in studies,” he added.

Geeta was found alone on board the Samjhauta Express at Lahore in Pakistan when she was about eight years’ old. She was taken care of by the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan. After her repatriation in 2015, she met Swaraj several times in Delhi and Indore. Following her return, more than 10 families from across India claimed Geeta was their missing daughter. However, none of the claims could be verified in the government’s investigations and a search for her family was still on.

Stay on top - Get daily news in your email inbox

Sirf Views

Soros Loves To Play Messiah To The Miserable

The opportunity to throw breadcrumbs massages the ego of NGOs supremacists run; the megalomaniac Soros is a personification of that ego

Pandits: 30 Years Since Being Ripped Apart

Pandits say, and rightly so, that their return to Kashmir cannot be pushed without ensuring a homeland for the Islam-ravaged community for conservation of their culture

Fear-Mongering In The Times Of CAA

No one lived in this country with so much fear before,” asserted a friend while dealing with India's newly amended citizenship...

CAA: Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

So said Winston Churchill, a lesson for sure for Prime Miniter Narendra Modi who will use the opposition's calumny over CAA to his advantage

Archbishop Of Bangalore Spreading Canards About CAA

The letter of Archbishop Peter Machado to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, published in The Indian Express, is ridden with factual inaccuracies

Related Stories

Leave a Reply

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this: