Islamabad: 768 beggars arrested during current year
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police have arrested a total of 768 beggars during the current year with an objective to curb the menace of begging. The legal process has also been initiated by registering FIRs against professional beggars and their handlers. Special teams under ‘Mujahid Squads’ were constituted to assist police, which mainly worked in City Zone, Saddar Zone, Industrial Zone and Rural Area. During the last three months, the Saddar Zone of Islamabad Police arrested 521 beggars followed by 144 by City Zone, Industrial Area 58 and Rural Area 45.
The Islamabad Police shifted children and deserving persons involved in begging to the Edhi Centres and Protection Centres for their proper upbringing. The professional beggars were shifted to jail.
Beggary is an organised crime as gangs pick up children from remote areas after paying money to their poor parents and take them to different cities on the pretext of providing ‘respectable jobs’ to them.
IGP Islamabad Bani–Amin Khan said that the social evil would be curbed and those backing professional beggars would be dealt with an iron hand.
He said that needy children and women are shifted to various centres after verification so that they could be made responsible citizens.
The IGP said the campaign against professional beggars would continue and strict action would be taken against those who force children and women to adopt the ugly business.