ICT Police arrest 13395 beggars under special campaign

Staff Reporter

Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police have arrested 13395 beggars in one year (2015) and sent them to Welfare Home for rehabilitation including the beggars against whom criminal proceedings were initiated.
Since June, 2013, a continuous campaign has been launched against the beggary by ICT Police which is still continuing.
Similarly, during January to November 2016, a total number of 2928 beggars were arrested and sent to the Edhi Home, Children Welfare Home for rehabilitation and the habitual offenders were sent to Judicial custody at Central Jail, Adiala, Rawalpindi under West Pakistan Vagrancy Ordinance, 1958. Challans against them were sent in trial court for further proceedings.
This was showed in a data issued by Ministry of Interior here on Tuesday regarding the actions which were due to be taken by the Ministry and its departments in response to resolutions passed by National Assembly and Senate since January, 2013.
The data further showed that there was a considerable decrease in number of beggars within Federal Capital due to better strategy adopted by the ICT Police.
Moreover, results/benefits were also accrued from said campaign against beggary which included: the ratio of beggars within Federal Capital has been decreased as compared to adjoining districts.
Islamabad Traffic Police is also counterpart with ICT police to curb vagrancy and is playing an active role during this campaign. Due to said endeavors, the beggars are no more visible in bulk on roads. About the steps taken to curb beggars and beggary within Federal Capital, the data showed that within ICT, two Anti Beggary Squads have been established to apprehend beggars including minor children loitering in area of Federal Capital at various points.

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