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Operation Mukti started in Dehradun

Authorities launch drive against child begging

The Operation Mukti against begging especially by children was started in Dehradun on Wednesday. Earlier, the Superintendent of Police, Law and Order, Mamta Vohra conducted a meeting with district nodal officer and the field units on Tuesday. Circle Officer (city) Shekhar Suyal who is also the nodal officer of the campaign said that it is too early to give any concrete response. Teams have been allocated areas where they are to identify and observe beggars.

Director General, Law and Order, Ashok Kumar said, “For the first 15 days our teams will be observing them. After that we will conduct our awareness programme.”

Suyal said, “The operation has started. Today the teams were briefed. From Thursday they will try to collect information about the beggars. The idea is to find the reason behind them begging to ascertain whether it is because of the financial problems or because of somebody forcing them to beg.”

It is worth mentioning here that during the anti-begging drive conducted by Uttarakhand Police earlier during February-March, 87 children were handed over to Child Welfare Committee from Dehradun district. However, after identifying these children, they were handed over back to their parents, which resulted in zero outcome as most of these children were back to begging again.

It is also pertinent to mention here that Operation Mukti will be conducted in three phases. The first phase will be observation period, during which four teams consisting of 22 members from anti-human trafficking units will observe and collect information about these beggars. The second phase will be awareness and enforcement period, during which police will raise public awareness against giving money to beggars. The third phase will be of enforcement and rehabilitation, during which police will register cases against the parents of those children who are found begging on the streets. In case of any suspicion DNA test will be conducted of the child beggars and the adult accompanying them or the beggars who are carrying toddlers.

Thursday, 02 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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