An Indian woman stranded in Pakistan for a decade has identified her family in photos sent from across the border.

Efforts to find the family began in August after India accepted the woman, named Geeta, was one of its citizens.

Geeta, who has speech and hearing impairments, was about 11 when she is believed to have strayed into Pakistan.

Her plight emerged following a Bollywood film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which told the story of a Pakistani girl who cannot speak and is trapped in India. For most of her time in Pakistan, Geeta has lived at an Edhi shelter home in Karachi. Staff at the charity gave her her name – she is now thought to be about 22.

“The Indian high commissioner has lately sent a family photo to us and Geeta has recognised the family,” Anwer Kazmi, a senior official at the foundation, told reporters.
“We have showed the picture to Geeta and she says they are her family… We hope she will confirm the family identification during the Skype chat through sign language.”