In the third incident in less than three months, eight women escaped from the state-run shelter home in Mankhurd on Monday morning.
Of the nine residents of Navjivan Mahila Vastigruha who attempted to escape, the police managed to catch one.
Sources said all nine women had got court permission to return to their homes.
Quaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police (east region), said: “Around 6.30am, the women broke the bathroom grill and leapt off the compound wall to the other side.”
Security personnel at the shelter home alerted the Govandi police, and a patrol van caught up with one woman who fell and hurt herself. The woman, Firoza Bibi, 30, has been admitted to Shatabadi hospital. “She has fractured both limbs,” said a doctor from the hospital.
A police officer said Firoza had been rescued after a raid in Versova.
A case under section 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the women.
The police are investigating whether the women received assistance from anybody within the shelter home. “We have suggested what security measures the management should take to avoid such incidents,” Khalid said.
Under law, a shelter home does not have police personnel guarding it.
Sources told HT that all nine women had been allowed to go home. “Because of lack of police staff, who have to accompany these women to their homes [many are out of Maharashtra], these women were stuck at the shelter home,” said an officer, requesting anonymity.
When asked if the women who escaped had permission to go, Khalid said: “I will have to check that, but I don’t think so.”
The police are trying to identify those who have escaped. “The home does not have proper records so we have to check the police files,” Khalid said.
Officials from the shelter home were unavailable for comment.