“Eleven inmates of a destitute home in Uttarpara escaped through a window early Monday. Two of the women are Bangladeshi nationals,” an official at the Uttarpara police station said.
“Most of the escapees are from North 24-Parganas and were trafficked to Mumbai. They were rescued and brought to the
home on November 23,” the official added.
West Bengal Minister for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Sabitri Mitra denied any lapse of security at the home and blamed the inmates’ “tendency to escape”.
“Inmates of destitute homes have a tendency to escape and in this case they never wanted to live in the home,” said Mitra.
“There has been no lack of security. They have been trying to escape ever since they were brought here following a court order. A departmental inquiry has been ordered and police are looking for them,” added Mitra.
An official of the destitute home, some 15 km from here, said the women had been trying to escape ever since they were brought to the home.
“We have informed the district administration. A complaint has been registered with the police who are investigating the matter. All the escapees are in their late 30s,” the official said.
Shelter homes in the district were earlier making the news for the wrong reasons when the body of a mentally-unstable woman inmate was found
buried inside a home. She had allegedly been raped and killed.