Concerned over an increased number of child beggars in the city, the Bombay High Court has today asked the Maharashtra government to rehabilitate them by providing facilities frothier accommodation and education. The government was also asked to find out the number of such children and enlist the number of orphans and those with parents.
A bench of Justices V M Kanade and Reveti Mohite-Dere asked the state to consult the census paper on the child beggars in Mumbai, conducted by Asha Mukundan, a professor of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in 2013 and by various NGOs. The court was hearing a PIL in this regard which appealed that there is an urgent need for the state to address the issue.
“The government has a responsibility to take care of destitute children, who either do not have parents or are forced by their elders to take to begging to earn a living,” said the PIL. The petitioners have also asked the state to find out the number of children taken into beggary, both voluntarily or forcibly. It said it is the state’s duty to assure that these kids are not asked to beg under any circumstances