In order to plan actions including DNA tests to save children from begging racket and to prevent them from coming into this business again Uttarakhand Police is going to hold a meeting today. The meeting will be attended by officers of the police department, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and non governmental organisations to deliberate upon the plan of action to put a stop on begging by children. According to the sources, the state police have been consistently receiving reports that some of the children who have been begging on the streets were taken away from their parents and forced in to begging. The police are now planning to use measures including DNA tests to ascertain the parentage of the children found begging.
Director General (DG) Law and Order, Ashok Kumar said, “A meeting has been called on Monday in which members of the child welfare committee and several state representatives of NGOs will be present. The basic idea is to ascertain how to prevent these children from coming back to the line of begging.”
He further added, “We also want to verify whether the adults who are claiming to be the parents of these children are telling the truth or not.” Measures like DNA test could be undertaken to ascertain the parentage of the children found begging.
It is important to mention here that despite periodic attempts, the authorities have so far failed to clamp down on begging by people of various age groups especially children. Beggars remain a common sight in cities like Dehradun and other destinations visited by a large number of pilgrims regularly. A marked rise in the number of beggars who arrive in Uttarakhand from other states is seen with the start of the Char Dham Yatra season as the number of pilgrims and other visitors to the states also increases considerably during the Yatra season slated to start next month. While dealing with beggars on the street, police have also received reports of several children being taken away from their parents and being put into begging. In some cases those who are guilty of exploiting the children for begging are claiming to be their parents. The show some certificates to substantiate their claim but now the police is planning to resort to DNA tests to ascertain whether the persons are really the parents of the children found begging. The plan to conduct DNA tests is being resorted to by the police to expose the organised crime network that is responsible for such activities.