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11 women flee Hooghly home

Uttarpara, Dec. 31: Eleven inmates of a government home for destitute juvenile women in Hooghly fled early today after breaking open window grilles.

Police said most of the women, aged between 25 and 30 years, were from Bangladesh and had been rescued from a red-light area in Mumbai a month ago.

According to the police, the women were brought to the Uttarpara Juvenile Home for Girls on November 24. The same evening, they were taken to another home in Tamluk, 82km away. But they refused to get down from the vehicle and had to be brought back to Uttarpara.

Minister for women welfare Sabitri Mitra said the 11 were helped by some local youths. “The women were sex workers. They were sent to Bengal from Mumbai because they were speaking Bengali. They are Bangladeshis. A section of locals had been trying to get them out. I have asked the director of social welfare to inquire and submit a report.”

The police said “outsiders” were involved in helping the women flee. “Investigations are on,” an officer of Uttarpara police station.