Court sets aside order asking juvenile to live with beggars

A Delhi court has come to the rescue of a 12-year-old boy who was sentenced by a lower court to live for a year in a beggars` home.

Updated: Jan 15, 2010, 00:33 AM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court has come to the
rescue of a 12-year-old boy who was sentenced by a lower court
to live for a year in a beggars` home here, saying it was
against the welfare legislation enacted for the children in
need of care and protection.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) J R Aryan set aside an
order of a magistrate who had sentenced the minor to live for
a year with adult beggars at a protection home here for
allegedly begging at Connaught Place in 2009.

"Even if the child was found to be begging, he is a child
covered under the definition of child under the Juvenile
Justice Act, who is in need of care and protection, and he is
required to be protected by a child welfare committee," ASJ
Aryan said.

The minor was arrested and booked under the Bombay
Prevention of Begging Act by the police on August 4, 2009, for
allegedly begging at Connaught Place.

Krishan Kumar, Superintendent of the beggars` home, filed
an appeal against the order saying "the juvenile was in dire
need of care and protection and his living with adult beggars
would spoil his career."

PTI