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Commission seeks report from district administration on child beggars in Doon

On July 1 this year, the state government had issued a notification announcing implementation of the Uttar Pradesh Beggary Prevention Act, 1975 (adopted) in the whole of Uttarakhand, following an order from the high court earlier this year. Uttarakhand thus joined the league of 20 other states and two union territories to have banned begging.

dehradun Updated: Oct 10, 2017 20:29 IST
Neha Pant
Beggars, including children, continue to be seen asking for alms, especially at busy crossroads and traffic junctions in the state capital.
Beggars, including children, continue to be seen asking for alms, especially at busy crossroads and traffic junctions in the state capital.(HT PHOTO)

Taking note of the presence of child beggars in Dehradun, the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) has asked the district administration to explain how children can still be seen seeking alms in the city despite a ban on begging in Uttarakhand.

“We’ve also asked the district magistrate to find out if there is any organised racket working in the state capital that forces children to beg,” SCPCR chairperson Yogendra Khanduri told HT. In June, Khanduri had also written to the chief secretary over the growing number of beggars, especially children and women, along the Char Dham Yatra routes in the state.

However, Dehradun district magistrate SA Murugesan said that he had not received the letter and will reply accordingly once it was received. “However, we are taking steps to discourage children (and their family members) from begging. We are also planning to introduce training programmes (for beggars) when required,” Murugesan told HT. “As of now, we don’t know of any such gang (that forces children into beggary) active in Dehradun,” he added.

On July 1 this year, the state government had issued a notification announcing implementation of the Uttar Pradesh Beggary Prevention Act, 1975 (adopted) in the whole of Uttarakhand, following an order from the high court earlier this year. Uttarakhand thus joined the league of 20 other states and two union territories to have banned begging.

However, beggars, including children, continue to be seen asking for alms, especially at busy crossroads and traffic junctions in the state capital. Acting on a complaint from advocate Rajendra Prasad in this regard, the SCPCR has written a letter to the district magistrate to submit a report on the matter, a copy of which is with HT.

According to the 2011 Census, there were around 3,000 beggars in Uttarakhand, including 274 children, but the numbers may have swollen many times since then, activists fear. After the implementation of the begging ban, over 100 beggars were held in Dehradun and Haridwar areas by the police and sent to the state’s only beggars’ home located in Haridwar. Social activists have demanded rehabilitation and livelihood programmes to be put in place for beggars.