Eight inmates of the Navjeevan Mahila Sudhar Griha, a state government-run women shelter in Mankhurd, escaped by scaling the wall on Monday morning. A ninth inmate fell and injured herself. She is in hospital with a fractured leg.
This was the third such escape bid from the shelter home in the last three months.
“The Govandi police have registered a case against the women and are looking for them. We have sent a wireless message to all police stations in Mumbai and adjoining cities and districts to nab the women.” said assistant commissioner of police Sridhar Dhange of the Deonar division.
Monday’s escape comes just two days after the police filed a first information report (FIR) against the superintendent and caretaker of the shelter, on the orders of the Bombay high court after an independent report severely faulted them on charges of threatening and harassing inmates.
This report was prepared after 36 inmates had fled the shelter on October 27 (see box), and one of the inmates later complained to the media of rape and molestation in the shelter home.
Around 6.30am on Monday, nine inmates cut the grilles of the first floor bathroom and jumped over the boundary wall of the rehabilitation home. While eight inmates escaped, Firojababy Kamal Shah alias Tania, 30, fell while climbing the wall and suffered injuries.
The incident came to light at 7am, when one of the woman wardens found the bathroom grille cut open. She immediately alerted her superior and the security staff of the rehabilitation home. The staff found Shah lying in the bushes and took her to the BMC-run Shatabdi Hospital. She has a fractured left leg and injuries on her waist. Shah was arrested under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act by the Vakola police a month ago.