Geeta meets Arvind Kejriwal, to go sightseeing


New Delhi: Geeta, a young speech and hearing impaired woman who returned to India after being stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Tuesday.

At their meet at the chief minister’s official residence, Kejriwal interacted with her through sign language with the help of a facilitator.

Geeta was accompanied by members of Edhi Foundation, the Pakistani group which looked after her.

“The chief minister asked Geeta how she led her life in Pakistan and how she happened to stray into Pakistan,” a Delhi government official said.

Kejriwal also interacted with Edhi Foundation members.

Home ministry officials escorting Geeta told Kejriwal that they intend to take her for sightseeing on Delhi Metro, the official added.

On Monday, Geeta called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after reaching India.

Modi thanked Bilquis Edhi, the founder of the Karachi-based Edhi Foundation, for taking care of Geeta in Pakistan. He also announced a Rs 1 crore rupee donation for the foundation.

Geeta is also slated to meet President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 1 PM today.

Geeta, who is yet to identify her family, had accidently crossed over to Pakistan in 2003 and had been looked after by Edhi Foundation, a non-profit social welfare programme, in Karachi.

Prime Minister Modi on Monday welcomed Geeta at his residence while thanking Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation for taking care of the deaf-mute girl, who remained stranded there for over a decade.

“I don’t think any amount of words are enough to thank the Edhi family for taking care of Geeta. They are apostles of kindness and compassion,” Modi tweeted.

“What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs 1 crore to their foundation,” Modi said.

The Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare programme in Pakistan, founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951. He is popularly known as Pakistan’s “Father Teresa”.

Separately, Modi welcomed Geeta on her return to India.

“It is truly wonderful to have you back home. Was truly a delight to spend time with you today,” he said.

He also expressed his gratitude to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his efforts that ensured Geeta’s return to India.