Mumbai: No respite for pregnant woman in rehab centre as court shuts

The ordeal of the 19-year-old Manipuri woman, who is four months pregnant and lodged in a women’s shelter in Boisar, is far from over. She was arrested from a massage parlour in Borivli under the flesh trade charge in March. Her revision application was to be taken up yesterday by the Dindoshi sessions court, during which her release order was expected to be issued, but the court has been shut for vacation. The case will now be heard on June 6.

mid-day had highlighted the woman’s plight on May 21. Just two days after joining as a masseuse on March 29, the police raided the massage parlour she worked at for indulging in flesh trade and rescued many women. The 19-year-old wound up in a rehab home in Boisar. The court agreed to release her only in the care of her father and too in their village, in the presence of state welfare officials.

Family distraught
On Tuesday, when the family and their lawyer reached the court, officials told them that the court is on vacation and will resume work on June 5. The court clerk gave them the date of June 6.

The woman’s father, who is a farmer, was distraught over the delay. “In my village, the monsoon will arrive soon. If I don’t make it back on time for cultivation, I will suffer the whole year. My wife is paralysed and there is no one to look after her. I cannot even leave the city till I get custody of my daughter,” he complained.

He said his daughter needs tests, medication and proper food in her delicate condition, none of which has allegedly been provided at the shelter.

Advocate Suresh Chandra-shekhar, who is representing the family, said, “We are thinking of filing a writ petition in the name of her husband as the current revision application is in the name of her father.” He said the case was a classic example of system failure.

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