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Touts a 'menace', harassing tourists soon to be a criminal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Describing touts as a "menace", Union Culture today said harassing or touching tourists could soon be a criminal offence, even punishable under the provisions of organised crime.

He said his ministry was in talks with the Home ministry regarding this and has also spoken to the chief to find ways to deal with touts harassing tourists, especially those visiting the

"We are exploring how we can bring this 'lapka culture' (culture of touts) to an end by bringing them under the ambit of serious offences and organised crime so that they can be booked accordingly.

"First, we will warn them, then we will identify them and then we will punish them...We want to bring this in by April 1. These touts are a menace," the said.

Sharma, who met senior officials of the district recently, said many tourists, both domestic and foreign, who visit the are "ambushed" at the station itself and the harassment continues during their stay in the city.

He added that his stand on touts was not just restricted to the protection of tourists at the Taj Mahal, but also other places across the country.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 16:30 IST