Rohtak police on mission to free city of child beggars

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: May 29, 2015 08:31 IST

The crime branch wing of the Rohtak Police has been tightening its noose around child beggars by questioning their parents on the reason for their begging and handing over the children into the custody of the district child protection officer. The plan is part of the 'Bhikhari Mukt Haryana' beggar-free Haryana) project launched by the state government.

As part of the plan, directions have also been issued to all police stations and posts that child beggars were to be produced before the district child protection officer.

The special drive has already been set in motion by the Director General of Police (crime) Dr KP Singh and the families of 23 child beggars had been approached. The children were handed over to the custody of the district child protection officer and their parents questioned.

"It is a tough task, but we will make all-out efforts to ensure that the city is beggar-free, also they will be sent to school," said a senior police officer from Rohtak.

"We found 23 child beggars during the first round, then produced them before the child protection officer, and called their parents for the counseling. In most cases, it was found that parents force children into begging and were found sitting nearby to monitor their collection," he added, claiming that begging would not be allowed in any form, even in the name of Shani Dev (God) and parents would not be spared as they provided the paraphernalia.

Mission stray cattle: Cases against people abandoning cattle

More than a week after the appointment of deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) as nodal officers for the protection of stray cows in districts of Rohtak, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Panipat, the Inspector General of Police (Rohtak Range) Shrikant Jadhav has launched another mission called Mission Stray Cattle (MSC).

In this regard, the IG held a second meeting of senior officers of these districts and asked them to take strict action against people who abandoned cattle once they failed to produce milk.

"You may book person(s) found leaving the animals at city or any deserted place under Sections 289, 133 and 21 of the Haryana Municipal Committee Act, the Cattle transport Act, 1871, and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960."

The member of the committee for the mission stray cattle, and awareness would be spread with advertisements, posters and banners. The information and public relations department would also be roped in to create awareness. Non-government organizations (NGOs) will also be approached to spread the mission in the school, colleges and other education institutions.

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