MPHRC notice to Bhopal Collector over begging menace

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Dec 2017 11:53:58


Staff Reporter,

Taking cognizance of the report published about begging menace in ‘The Hitavada’ newspaper published on December 23, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has sent missives to Bhopal Collector, SP Bhopal and District Women and Child Development Officer.

A detailed report has been sought by panel in which MPHRC wanted to know why there was no action taken on previous recommendation set and if any measures has been taken what compliance has been done so far as per recommendations directed? Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has made several recommendations related to differently-abled and children involved in begging.

The Commission in its recommendations stated that despite comprehensive and constitutional provisions on children’s rights, finding children begging or picking garbage prove that a more serious effort is needed in this direction. The Commission has recommended that every district should be notified under Madhya Pradesh Bhikshavrati Nivaran Adhiniyam, 1973 and ‘Bhikshuk Pravesh Kendra’ should be run there. Beggars, who are physically fit, should be imparted training and employed. Adequate ‘Ashraya Kendras’ should be opened for beggars who are differently abled. Child beggars should be kept in ‘Balgrihas’ where they could be imparted education.

The Commission recommended providing adequate budget, building and other resources to ‘Bhikshuk Pravesh Kendra’ in Indore. It is also recommended to conduct a survey of children who sleep at railway stations and collect garbage and impart them education. A scheme to make them professionally skilful should be made and its implementation be ensured, so that their all round development may take place. It was reported that with onset of winter season children begging in streets are very much visible.

The sites where such begging are visible includes Roshanpura Chauraha, Parking area of GTB complex, New market and the 10 number stop market are the hub of such beggars besides the common spots like railway stations and traffic signals across the city .Recently in a session organised on Juvenile Justice Act (JJ Act) by Childline in collaboration with UNICEF and Bhopal Police it was brought to notice that one women had to face jail term for forcing her own children to beg on streets.

She was compelling them to do begging so that she buy liquor for herself. This incident was reported at Shyamala hills. Childline is getting complaints mainly from New Market , Nadira bus stand, Shahjehanabad, and also from Board Office chauraha.