11 women inmates escape destitute home in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 31 (IANS) At least 11 woman inmates, among them two Bangladeshis, escaped from a destitute home in West Bengal's Hooghly district Monday. A state minister later attributed the fleeing to their "tendency to escape".

"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 Nov 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 about the escaped inmates. 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 have earlier been in the news for the wrong reasons when the body of a mentally deranged women inmate was found buried inside a home after being raped and killed.