As many as 14 juvenile girl inmates attacked the warden with chilly powder and escaped from the shelter home in Odhav area Friday evening. Initial report said six of them were caught by police. Girish Pandya, DCP (Zone-5), said: “They attacked the warden (Jayaben Parmar) with chilly powder and opened the lock of the gate. Then, they jumped off the wall to escape. This is almost similar to what had happened in 2014. It is difficult to say what prompted them to escape from the shelter home. Right now, we are trying to find them as soon as possible.”
These girls were kept in the juvenile home located on the campus of Nari Sankrakshan Gruh in Odhav. There are around 20 minor girls kept at the home.
This is the second time in two years that the inmates escaped from the shelter home. Earlier in 2014, nine of them had escaped from the home by jumping off the wall. The incident was highlighted by The Indian Express, showing their plight due to absence of basic facilities like sanitation and harassment by the officials. Following the report, an NGO Peace and Equality Cell filed a PIL in the Gujarat HC which ordered the state government to frame new rules for such shelter homes across the state.
Last year, a CAG report also pointed towards gaping holes in the facilities at children’s homes and mentioned the case of nine girls, saying that they escaped allegedly due to harassment, lack of infrastructure and security inside the home.