Implement steps to control beggars in 15 days: Delhi HC
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 21:43
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the city government to implement within 15 days all proposals to eradicate the menace of begging.

Pulling up the Social Welfare Ministry for its failure to take the steps, as proposed by the amicus curaie and later approved by the same court, a Division Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul sought for a fresh affidavit from the government and posted the matter for hearing in August.

Appearing for the government, counsel Mukta Gupta said two mobile courts are ready to function but the High Court has not appointed Magistrates for those courts.

"As soon as the judges are appointed, the courts will function," said the lawyer.

The Bench wanted to know why the government failed to deploy police personnel at the traffic signals in the city's no-tolerance zones to prevent begging.

The court also sought to know from the government about the steps to rehabilitate the beggars so far.

Earlier, the Bench had accepted the suggestions of V P Chaudhary, amicus curaie, that the city should have at least mobile courts to dispose of begging-related cases on the spot.

Suggesting that the NCT government actively interact with neighbouring states to stop the beggars' menace, the amicus said most of the beggars in Delhi have been entering from states like Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 21:43

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