Karachi court rejects deaf-mute Geeta’s handover to India


KARACHI: Local court on Thursday has rejected plea seeking handover of Geeta s custody to India.


The court ordered the authorities concerned to solve the matter on diplomatic level.

Earlier, South s Sessions judge had reserved verdict in the case after Geeta s statement was recorded with help of a differently-abled persons’ instructor.

According to Geeta s statement, she was residing in Lahore with her family. She has seven siblings, three sisters and four brothers. Police had handed her over to a shelter in Lahore.

Geeta said that she does not know how long she has been in Edhi’s caretaking.

The judge asked her about the area she belongs to in India to which the Hindu girl only managed recalling “a rice field” adjacent to house and house number, 193. She cleared that police had found her and not Faisal Edhi. Geeta further said that she does not encounter any difficulty living in Edhi centre.

Indian counsel representing Geeta in repatriation case, Momineen Malik filed a plea in the court claiming her nationality. Faisal Edhi’s counsel maintained that if Geeta’s blood samples match with any family claiming her responsibility then she might go. However, he opposed handover of Geeta’s custody.