The great escape: Women cut window grilles, flee ‘shelter’

Published: July 5, 2011
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Administrator of shelter suspended following the incident.

Administrator of shelter suspended following the incident.

QUETTA: 

A committee was formed on Monday to investigate the escape of 10 women and three children from a Darul Aman [shelter home].

The inmates managed to flee by cutting the window grilles of Darul Aman on Sunday morning. There were 17 women living in the shelter, 13 of whom escaped.

Following the incident, the administrator of the shelter run by the Social Welfare Department of Balochistan, was suspended.

“This is the second such ‘great escape’ over the past four months.  Earlier, four women escaped, who were later caught by law enforcers,” said Perveen Akhtar who lives at the Darul Aman. “The reason behind such incidents is a lack of facilities,” she added. “We want to get out of here because we are provided substandard food and not provided timely medical aid,” she said.

There is one watchman at the shelter and he is said to be 65 years old.

Director Social Welfare Mohammad Ali Durani said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident. “All women belonged to Sindh or Punjab and every month such incidents take place here,” he said.

However, Durrani blamed the ‘system’ for the incidents.

“Most women were brought by the police [there] on the orders of local magistrates. In some cases we found the relatives of some of the women, but heavy charges for their bail forced the relatives not to return,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:35PM

    What sort of shelter is this, where those in care rather escape !!!!
    there must be something more sinister in play here, otherwise why would someone run away from premises, which offers them food, medicine and roof over their heads??Recommend

  • shali
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:57PM

    This is the security lapse as usual expected from the government run organization. millions of rupees are spent on social welfare and its related issued but no improvement can be seen in any area. This incident shows that how much the situation has been deteriorated. even there is no safety assurance in these types of organizations. women are not protected and rape and sexual harassment incidents take place in these social welfare organizations. local authorities should take the notice about these hidden issuesRecommend

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