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Come up with plan to rehabilitate beggars: BJP tells AAP govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The opposition BJP today dubbed the High Court's order decriminalising in the national capital a "double-edged sword" and asked the government to come up with a plan to rehabilitate beggars.

The today decriminalised in the national capital, saying provisions penalising the act were unconstitutional and deserved to be struck down.

"Decriminalisation of is a double-edged sword. Now, the beggars will not be looked at as criminals, but there are organised begging rackets also," he said.

"The government needs to come up with a plan to impart skill training and rehabilitate the beggars," he said.

The court also said the state is at liberty to bring in alternative legislation to curb any racket of forced begging after undertaking an empirical examination on the sociological and economic aspect of the matter.

The Centre and the had in October 2016 told the court that the had drafted a bill to decriminalise begging and rehabilitate beggars and homeless people. But the proposal to amend the legislation was later dropped.

Currently, there is no central law on begging and destitution and most states have adopted the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, which criminalises begging, or have modelled their laws on it.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 21:15 IST