DNA Test Establishes Mahatos Not Geeta’s Parents

Sushma Swaraj and Vikas Swarup will travel to Indore on Nov 23 to meet Geeta and enquire about her health.

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DNA testing of other families claim Geeta as their member will also be done. (Photo: Reuters)

Ending the suspense, government on Thursday said the DNA test of Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who had returned here over a decade after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan, did not match with the Mahato family from Bihar.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Indore on November 23 to meet Geeta and enquire about her well-being.

The report, prepared by AIIMS, has been sent to Mahato family.

Geeta had failed to recognise the Mahato family after arriving here though after seeing their photographs had earlier identified them. The Edhi Foundation where she was staying while in Pakistan had asked for blood samples of the Mahatos for DNA testing but the Indian authorities refused to do so.

Some other families have also come forward saying perhaps Geeta was their child and government has been sending their pictures to her who is staying in a rehabilitation centre for deaf and dumb people in Indore.

She is being given skill development training there.

(With inputs from PTI)

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