‘For 2 months, I see same children on roads every day’: HC to Centre, Delhi govt on child beggary

The Delhi HC sought report from Centre, city government and DCPCR regarding measure taken for rehabilitate of children who beg on streets.

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought a report from the Centre, city government and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) regarding the measure taken for the rescue and rehabilitate of the children who beg on streets.

Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma clarified in his order that the court wants results on ground, reported the news agency PTI. While heading the division bench, he mentioned that he has been noticing same set of children on roads for a long time; begging.

“I have completed two months in Delhi and I drive a car on my own and I see the same set of young children every day on the same roads. You are talking about results in one day. For the last two months, I am observing it,” added the Chief Justice.

The Justice’s remarks came on the statement of counsel for DCPCR who submitted that the authorities are working tirelessly to resettle such children.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation that demanded the eradication of begging by children on roads of the national capital. It should be noted that the court had given the notice to the Centre, Delhi government as well as the DCPCR regarding the same.

The matter will be next heard on December 2.

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Ajay Gautam, the petitioner, demanded the directions to the concerned authorities for “pushing women using toddlers, teenage girls and small children into begging and… crime” and exploiting young girls.

The petition stated, “Everyone knows that begging mafia is actively behind this menace of begging by the children and they in fact they kidnap, train, force and torture innocent children for begging.”