12 years after girl strayed across India-Pakistan border, woman to be reunited with her family

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An official says an Indian woman who accidently crossed the border into Pakistan as a child nearly 12 years ago will return home soon.

Vikas Swarup, India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman, says the woman named Geeta will come after her travel documents are sorted out.

She will return to her family after a DNA test in India, Swarup said Thursday.

Geeta is deaf and mute and while in Pakistan she has been looked after by the charitable Edhi Foundation in Karachi.

She was around 11 when she wandered over the border. A man identified by Geeta as her father says she was lost in a village fair, a New Delhi news channel said.

Indians and Pakistanis live in villages close to their border and often stray into each other's territory.