Six women - all foreign nationals - escaped from a state protective home in Goa after allegedly attacking the staff and security personnel including a female police constable, the police said today.
The incident took place when nine women managed to overpower a lady escort, who had gone to call them for dinner, and escaped from the state shelter, after attacking a constable on duty, Old Goa Police inspector Krishna P Sinari said.
However, three of them were apprehended and brought back, he said. The inmates snatched the keys from the escort and opened the main door of the shelter. They then attacked the lady constable on duty before disappearing into the dark. The group, which escaped comprises four Bangladeshis, a Turkish and a Nepali national.
"All the six women were rescued from the commercial sex trade. All are major," Superintendent of the protective home Pramila Fernandes said.
The protective home from where the women escaped is meant for girls and women rescued from prostitution.
They were reportedly admitted in the institution on the orders of the Judicial Court and Sub-Divisional Magistrate under the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act, 1956.
The inmates of the home were provided with facilities of food, clothing, counseling, training in various crafts, medical treatment, safety, etc.
The police have launched a major search operation to track down these women, who are important witnesses in various cases booked under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act by Goa Police and Crime branch.
-With inputs from PTI