Hyderabad City Police Commissioner has issued a notice imposing a ban on those begging for alms in order to put an end to the inconvenience caused to the public and vehicular traffic at the main road junctions.
This will be seen in effect starting at 6 a.m. today and will continue for two months i.e. up to January 1, 2018.
Hyderabad City Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy issued an official notice after taking into consideration the hardships faced during the vehicular movement and for the pedestrians due to the activities of begging.
As quoted by ANI, the notice read, “It has come to my notice through the public that many beggars are begging alms in an indecent manner. They are also employing children and handicapped persons to solicit or receive alms at the main junctions of the road. Such acts are causing annoyance and awkwardness by exposing in an indecent manner to divert the attention of the vehicular traffic as well as pedestrians and public, in general, to induce them to give alms. These acts are dangerous to the safety of the vehicular traffic and public in general.”
The notice added, “In excise of the powers conferred upon me under Section 144 of criminal procedure code 1973, I, M.Mahendar Reddy, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City, do hereby make this exparte written order and notify the same to the general public prohibiting begging alms and also employing children and handicapped in begging alms in public places and at the main road junctions in the city of Hyderabad.”
Also, according to the notice, the violators would be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and as per the provisions of Hyderabad city police Act, 1348 Fasli, TS preventions of Begging Act, 1977 and J.J. Act 2000.