Implement The Punjab Prevention Of Beggary Act, 1971
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According to Wikipedia “Begging is the practice of imploring others to grant a favor, often a gift of money, with little or no expectation of reciprocation”.
But in reality Begging is much more than that.
And we Indians surely know that, be it Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Traffic Lights or our very own Religious Spots, beggars are everywhere and what is more shocking is that we have accepted them like it’s normal. In fact we even believe that giving them money or food would earn us some “Punya” or our 10-20 rupees donation would actually help them.
But that’s where we are wrong, and to begin with The Punjab Prevention Of Beggary Act, 1971 clearly states that the practice of begging is a crime and that there’ll be “custody, trial and punishment of beggar offenders”. Moreover, we’ve (Har Hath Kalam India Association) been working against begging since 2 years now and have gone through various cases while running our Anti-Begging Campaign, which brought us to the conclusion that most of these beggars are either begging because
- It’s easy money even though they can work
- Or they were forced to do so by their family members
Also, we not only stand against begging but do provide feasible solutions as well like education for child beggars, employment for the adult beggars and access to old-age homes for the elderly beggars.
So, we’d like to draw some light to this issue and would like to appeal to the government and officials to implement The Punjab Prevention Of Beggary Act, 1971 so that we could move forward towards a begging free society.
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