7 of 14 escapees from Gazipur safe home found, returned

Fourteen female residents of a government safe home for children and adolescents in Gazipur escaped on Wednesday.

With an immediate operation Gazipur Metropolitan Police were able to find 7 of them overnight.

Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Md. Saidul Islam, senior officials of Gazipur district administration and department of women affairs visited the safe home complex after the incident.

A five-member inquiry committee headed by Director General of the Department of Women’s Affairs Monowara Ishrat has been formed to find out whether there was any negligence on the part of the authorities that allowed the 14 teenagers to flee.

According to local sources, the residents were upset over the rude and abusive behavior of an employee named ‘Mollah’ in charge of the center. They were also dissatisfied with the quality of food.

On Wednesday night, the window grill of the two-storey building of the center was broken and 14 residents fled one by one by making a passage with bed structure from the roof to the boundary wall, said Deputy Commissioner SM Tariqul Islam after inspecting the home.

The organization lacked sufficient manpower and security personnel. The caretaker himself is not always present, according to Toriqul.

He added that since girls reside in the institution, there is a need for female Ansar members on every floor of the home to provide security.

Toriqul also said that he would send a recommendation to the ministry as he felt the need to increase the financial allocation for food of the residents.

Source: United News of Bangladesh