Twenty men have shown interest in marrying Geeta, the specially-abled Indian girl who landed accidentally in Pakistan as a child and recently returned to her motherland. The men, who have shown interest, did so after coming across a matrimonial on Facebook page ‘Reunite Geeta’.
Activist Gyanendra Purohit, who wrote the Facebook post, said he received responses from twenty suitors ranging from a temple priest to a writer. Twelve out of the twenty suitors had disabilities. The suitors also sent their biodatas.
It must be noted that the activist played an instrumental role in bringing Geeta from Pakistan.
In the post, the activist had written that the final decision regarding marriage would be of Geeta, and the government will take action accordingly.
“Good (sic) smart Deaf Boy age above 25 years If interested in marrying to Our India’s Daughter Geeta plz inform and send Biodata at email email@example.com.It will be geeta’s decision on which Govt will take action.Also you can whatsapp at 7987111500,” the post on the page read.
Geeta is currently residing at an NGO in Indore called Muk-Badhir Sangathan. The Madhya Pradesh Social Justice Department is taking care of the girl.
Her story went viral when it was found out that she accidentally boarded a train from India to Pakistan when she was a child. In Pakistan, she was looked after by Karachi-based Edhi Foundation.
The search for her parents is still on. Ten couples have so far come out and claimed that she was their daughter. However, none of them could prove that they were her parents.
She returned to India in 2015, Sushma Swaraj the External Affairs Minister at the time, thanked the Pakistan Government and the NGO that took care of her. Addressing a press conference Sushma Swaraj said, “I thank the government of Pakistan and the NGO who took care of Geeta in Pakistan all these years… I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”