Lost girl in Pakistan may have found her parents in India; Couple claim parenthood

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Amritsar, Aug 6: A deaf and mute couple from Amritsar have claimed that the lost girl Geeta in Pakistan is their child Pooja. Geeta was being looked after for the past 13 years by a social welfare group in Pakistan. The couple Rajesh Kumar and Ram Dulari claimed through their 14 year old son that the girl in Pakistan was Guddi or Pooja, as they named her.

Meanwhile, Geeta denies that they are her parents. As a four year old kid, she remembered her mother wearing saree and not patialas. After studying the images of her 'parents' and her brother, she told the interpreter that she does not recognise them. However, it was interesting that she had a strange similarity with Ramdulari.

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To this, Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney, who was in London, said that he would be visiting India on September 2 and try to sort the matter. "This is a major development. I will meet the family. We could go for a DNA test to verify their claim," he said. He further added,"My suggestion is that the girl should be taken to India. I appeal to the Indian government to take up this case proactively."

Recalling the past incidences, Raju (the 'father') said that the family had migrated from Bihar to Amritsar many years ago and earned a living out of begging and ragpicking at the Amritsar station and the nearby areas.

Kuldeep Singh, a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) employee, who has been assisting pilgrims to the Golden Temple since 1998 suggested,"Pooja may have boarded a train carrying a Sikh jatha (group of pilgrims) headed for Pakistan. She went missing suddenly. I used to see her begging at the station and on board trains."

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