Geeta, the hearing and speech impaired girl who returned to India on Monday, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said “all of India will take care of you”. The PM also announced a Rs 1-crore contribution Edhi Foundation, the Pakistani group that took care of Geeta during her 15-year stay in the country.
“Welcome back home, Geeta. It is truly wonderful to have you back home. Was truly a delight to spend time with you today… All of India will take care of you,” Modi tweeted. Modi assured that every effort would be made to trace Geeta’s family as she embraced him warmly.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Edhi family and described them as “apostles of kindness and compassion” for taking care of Geeta, a PMO release said.
Complimenting Bilquis Bano Edhi, founder of the foundation, he said: “I don’t think any amount of words are enough to thank the Edhi family for taking care of Geeta with love and affection for so many years.”
“What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs 1 crore to their foundation,” Modi said.
Upon learning that Bilquis was born in Junagadh’s Bantwa area in Gujarat, the Prime Minister invited her to visit Junagadh along with her family.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who was present on the occasion, also complimented Bilquis and the Edhi Foundation for the love and affection that they have showered on Geeta.