In a joint operation on Saturday, the Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU), Childline and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) caught five children, including three girls, engaged in begging at Rajwada area in Indore under MG Road police station area.
The children will be rehabilitated at various social organisation, the Childline director said.
During its week-long drive the three organisations have rescued as many five kids from various part of city. The operation was launched to prevent children from engaging into begging or falling prey to child labour.
Wasim Iqbal, director of Childline said cops from MG Road police station and child welfare officers have been pressed in to rescue children.
“All the children rescued during the drive will be rehabilitated. Their parents will be traced and counseled to not force their kids into begging,” Iqbal said.
Child beggars are a common sight in the busy markets places or traffic signals across the city. “Particularly on Saturdays many kids are seen seeking alms in the name of God Shani,” he said. “What is shocking is that in most of cases the kids are either pushed into the trade by their own parents or they themselves step in to fulfill their illegitimate needs like intoxication, gambling and others. We people need to discourage them. To prevent such activities in the city we must refrain from giving child beggars money.”
The Childline director said that the social organisation were also actively conducting drives against child labour in the city.