There was high drama in a residential area in Bandra (east) on Friday after a 16-year-old girl climbed to the ledge of the terrace of a six-storey building and threatened to jump. No amount of coaxing by police and fire brigade officials to get her to back off to safety seemed to work.
She was still perched on the ledge and efforts were on to get her off it when reports last came in late on Friday night. The apparent trigger for her action was a severe scolding she received from her parents.
The net brought to the spot by the fire brigade to break her fall,if she jumps,being too small,the rescue team has asked help from local builders to provide a larger net.
The police control room received a call at around 8:30 pm from residents of Apsara building near Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra (east),saying a girl was threatening to jump off the ledge. The information was relayed to Kherwadi police and a team including Senior Police Inspector Avdhoot Chavan,rushed to the spot. Fire brigade vehicles arrived shortly.
It is not yet clear when exactly the girl climbed on the ledge. She was spotted at around 8:15 pm by some residents strolling outside the building. When they called out to her,she said she was going to kill herself. People who tried to climb the staircase to help her were met with the same threat,and they backed off fearing the worst, said an officer with Kherwadi police.
The police were shouting from below in their attempt to talk the girl out of taking the extreme step.
From what we have been able to gather,the girl was caught returning home at around 5:00 am after a night out with friends,which got her a heavy scolding from parents. The net the fire brigade has is too small and we are in the process of obtaining a larger net from some local builders. All our pleas to the girl have failed to get her off the ledge, Chavan said from the spot.