Non-Local Beggars Becoming A Common Sight In Srinagar, Despite Ban

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Srinagar: Despite a ban on begging in capital city Srinagar, the non-local beggars have created a nuisance in the city particularly in uptown areas and around traffic signals.

Invoking the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Beggary Act,1960, the government imposed a ban on begging in 2018.

An order issued in this regard by the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar directed police to arrest any person found soliciting alms in public and at religious places or other private premises.

The SSP Srinagar and Budgam were also asked to implement the order and report the number of such arrests on a daily basis.

But despite the ban, beggars, particularly, non-locals, are seen asking for alms in and outside Srinagar.

The residents of the city said that the beggars have created a mess on the city streets. “It is almost impossible to keep the windows down near a traffic signal in Hyderpora crossing,” a resident of the area said, adding, “at least four beggars, mostly children, come around and ask for alms."

Hyderpora and its adjoining areas have become a hub of such non-local beggars, he said.

“This has become a nuisance,” another resident said, adding that the people are compelled to give them money so that they can get rid of them.”

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