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Title:Geeta, who crossed to Pakistan by mistake as a kid, finally back after 10 years

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NEW DELHI: Geeta, the young Indian woman living in Pakistan after she accidentally crossed the border 15 years ago when she was a child, is finally back home in India. The young woman, who is 23 years old now, arrived in Delhi airport on Monday morning.

Senior diplomats from the Pakistan high commission received Geeta on her arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport.

Geeta was just 7 or 8 years old when Pakistan Rangers found her sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express at the Lahore railway station, 15 years ago. She went missing from Kartarpur near Jalandhar, where she had gone to a Baisakhi fair. She's deaf and unable to speak. At the time, her father reportedly worked as a mason in Punjab.

Geeta was adopted by the Karachi-based Edhi Foundation's Bilquees Edhi. She Lived with Edhi in Karachi. Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit will host her and members of the Edhi family on Monday evening.

Geeta identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian high commission in Islamabad. Her family reportedly lives in Bihar. Indian high commissioner to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan and his wife visited Geeta in August, after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj directed him to meet her and to try locate her family.

The Indian high commission said that Geeta will be handed over to her family in India only if DNA tests show she's related to the family members. If the DNA test is inconclusive she will be accommodated at one of two institutions that are located in Delhi and Indore.

Janardhan Mahato, who has been identified by Geeta as her father, expressed confidence that he will pass the DNA test for sure."They can take a DNA test or whatever they want. I am not running anywhere. I will pass the DNA test," Mahato said.