antibegging campaign

The Islamabad Police has taken the decision of launching an immediate operation against the professional beggars and their handlers in the federal capital for fighting the nuisance of begging mafia. The federal capital police have decided to launch an anti-begging campaign.

Bushra Rao—the Assistant Commissioner Islamabad while announcing about the campaign on Wednesday said that special teams have been formed for controlling the menace of begging which is being practiced on a regular basis. She added that strict action would be taken against the ones who force their children and women to enter and adopt the cruel profession.

Police have constituted a mobile team which would be keeping an eye on the beggars at traffic signals, bazaars, mosques and other areas that are most crowded. She further mentioned that no time frame is fixed for the drive which would be continued as long as it would be needed.

She also said that begging has been converted into an organized business in the city with the mafia handling and controlling on the prime locations where they position their own people or lease out ground to others on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

She informed the media that they have suggested some necessary measures for the beggars’ rehabilitation which includes the provision of shelters and security for them.

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The Islamabad police is actively engaged in determining the people or groups who are behind the employment of child beggars.

The AC added that begging has become a profession and it is prevailing due to our societal configuration.

She continued that the children who are begging out of need would be sent to the child protection centers. Also, the needy women and children are being transferred to the many care centers after it is verified that they could be made responsible citizens.

She asked the authorities for the establishment of more such rehabilitation centers in the federal capital for the bright future of the children for eliminating the menace of begging mafia and child labor.

Police have asked the public from showing sympathy to the beggars and from helping them. Police said that charity needs to be supported but begging needs to be barred.

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