Trying to escape police, two sex workers fell from third floor window
Two alleged sex workers died on 10 April during a police raid in Mumbai. The two women fell from a third floor window while trying to escape from the police in Grant Road, south Mumbai.
They fall from Om Building in D B Marg and were immediately rushed to J J Hospital, in Byculla where they were given necessary care. However, both encoutered serious injuries and could not survive.
The police frequently performed raids in order to dismantle brothels and deter prostitution. If prostitution was much permissible in India under the Immoral Traffic Suppression Act (SITA) of 1956, some sections of Indian Penal Code still acted as a deadlock to sex workers. Moreover, the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA) of 1986 came as a counter effect to the SITA. In fact, while the SITA allowed sex worker to operate in confined areas, the ITPA allows the police to arrest sex workers if they are caught soliciting clients.
The two women had not been identified. They were aged 30 and 50 years old according to sources.