Non-local Beggars Create Nuisance In City Hospitals

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Beggars Barge Into Hospital Wards To Raise Alms

Murtaza Ali

Srinagar: Although begging is prohibited in public and religious places within the jurisdiction of Srinagar city, the non-local beggars have created a nuisance in the government run hospitals of Srinagar city.

The patients at SMHS hospital complained that all the entry points of the hospital have been occupied by the beggars.

Habibullah, a patient from Kupwara said, “I saw almost four beggars at every gate of the hospital and all of them are non-locals, mostly from UP.”

He said the beggars use different tactics, to grab attention and then get alms.

Bashir Ahmad, an attendant of a patient said that this year the number of non locals begging on the city roads has increased  compared to previous years.

“It’s almost impossible to sit in a parked car without being approached by a group of non-local beggars,” said Mohammad, who is a staffer at maturity Lal Ded hospital. "Even in hospital premises, more than 20 beggars roam freely.”

He said the beggars also barge into hospital wards, which irritates patients and attendants. “Neither police nor hospital authorities act against them,” he alleged.

A government order issued in 2018 states any person found soliciting alms in a public place, or in or about a mosque, temple or other place of public worship, whether or not under any pretence and entering on any private premises for the purpose of soliciting alms shall be immediately arrested under Section 4 of the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Beggary Act, 1960 read with Section 61 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Svt 1989.

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