AIIMS doctors to take Geeta’s DNA samples to identify parents
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has deputed two doctors to collect the DNA samples of 23-year-old Geeta, who has returned to India from Karachi almost after 15 years, to determine her parentage and the results will be known “after 15-20 days”.
“We have deputed two doctors to collect the DNA samples of Geeta from the hotel where she is staying. These samples will be sent to the AIIMS Forensic Lab and Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for carrying out tests to determine her parentage,” said Dr Sudhir Gupta, Head of AIIMS Forensics Division.
Gupta said they have already collected the samples of the family, which claimed Geeta as their daughter on October 24, after the Ministry of External Affairs wrote to the hospital. The Ministry had asked it to collect samples for DNA test to confirm if Janardhan Mahato, who claims that Geeta is his first born Heera, is indeed her father.
“We have already collected the samples from her reported parents after we received a letter from the Foreign Ministry to assist in her DNA test,” said Gupta, adding that the samples have been sent to AIIMS Forensic lab and CBI's Forensic lab. “We are fast-tracking this test and the results will be out in 15-20 days,” he added.
Geeta, a deaf and mute girl, travelled from Karachi to Delhi On Monday morning, nearly 15 years after she accidentally crossed over to Pakistan as a child. She is accompanied by the Edhi family, who run a charitable foundation and looked after her all these years.
Geeta will soon meet Mahato, who she had identified as her father from one of the photos sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.