Six inmates of the women’s correctional facility in Govandi allegedly fled the premises early on Thursday morning. This is the fourth time that such an incident has occurred at the facility since 1999.
According to the Govandi police, the six women had been rescued from brothels and bars by the Khar and the D B Marg police in Mumbai and the Turbhe police in Navi Mumbai. They had been in the Navjeevan Mahila Sudhar Griha for about two weeks.
“Their absence was noticed during a head count on Thursday morning. They had forced open the bathroom window grille and fled. We have registered a complaint against them under Section 229 of the Indian Penal Code,” said senior inspector Narendra Vichare.
In September 2012, 17 inmates had fled the shelter. The shelter has employed private security guards, but to little avail.