Accessibility links

Breaking News

Indian Woman Returns Home 12 Years After Wandering Into Pakistan


Deaf-mute Indian woman Geeta salutes the media before leaving for the airport from the EDHI Foundation in Karachi on October 26, 2015

A deaf-mute Indian woman who accidentally wandered across the border with neighboring Pakistan more than a decade ago has returned to Delhi to be reunited with her family.

The woman, identified only as Geeta, is believed to be in her early 20s and has been living in a shelter in Pakistan's Karachi since she strayed across one of the world's most heavily militarized borders in 2003.

She was unable to provide any information about herself, stymying efforts to locate her family. The Indian government, however, has identified her as a member of an unidentified family in Bihar state.

The woman will undergo DNA tests to confirm that the family is hers. She reportedly identified the family from old photographs.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

rc

The Gandhara Briefing

Subscribe here for the week’s best reporting and analysis on Afghanistan and Pakistan by Abubakar Siddique, the editor of RFE/RL’s Gandhara project.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

XS
SM
MD
LG