This real life Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Pakistan is helping an Indian Girl find her home
If the Bollywood movie Bajrangi Bhaijan hadn’t released previous week, the real story of an hearing and speech impaired Indian girl named Geeta lost in Pakistan would have been dismissed as a myth.
Geeta had run away from her home following a small tiff with her parents and landed up in Lahore 15 years back . On being discovered by Pakistani police officers she was sent to a state run shelter. But due to communication problems she could not settle in any shelter until she brought home by Bilqees Eidhi, wife of Abdul Sattar Eidhi who runs a charity, Eidhi Foundation.
The foundation’s workers have also tried to use Geeta’s ability to write and draw in an effort to be able to identify her hometown. With a sad smile, the slender girl shows her drawing of her country’s map. She then brings a notebook and points to pages full of handwritten Hindi scripture. Some words are in Roman Hindi and communicate the obvious: that she misses her mother and home very much. Using her fingers and facial expression, Geeta says she has seven brothers and four sisters.
“We have shown her writings to people but nothing has come out of it. She copies Hindi words from magazines,” Faisal, a member of the foundation said.
The shelter home’s staff have created a separate praying room for her, adorning it with colourful posters of Hindu deities, and an earthen lamp on the table. Geeta gets up everyday and prays.
“Last year, officials from the Indian Consulate visited her, took her picture and records but they didn’t come back,” said Faisal. Journalists, including one from India, also interviewed her but no one was able to locate her family.
Amongst her writings, the numbers ‘193’ make a frequent appearance. In a last-ditch effort to solve the mystery, Faisal drawn a house on a piece of paper and hands her a pen. Geeta takes it, smiles, and jots down the numbers beside it. ‘193’, it seems, may be her house number.
Geeta’s case was taken up by Pakistan’s leading right activist and former human rights president Mr. Ansar Burney who had come to India three years back in search of Geeta’s family but wasn’t able to trace them. After the success of Bajrangi Bhaijan which follows the story of Shahida, a Pakistani girl who gets lost in India and is brought back home by a devout Indian Brahmin, Mr. Burney hopes Indian government will take a renewed interest in the case.
Original article published in Tribune.com.pk