//Police to arrest persons forcing children to beg

Police to arrest persons forcing children to beg

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Judicial Magistrate S. Soman has directed the city police to arrest persons who force children into begging.

The direction was issued at a meeting convened here by the CJM to chalk out a programme for effectively implementing the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act 2000.

The CJM has also directed the police to file the charge sheet within 15 days. "The case will be disposed by the court in one month," he added.

Some of the other instructions include, taking photographs of the child beggar and his accomplice and arranging witnesses with the help of voluntary organisations.

Mr. Soman has directed that the copies of the photograph be stored in CD format apart from including them in the FIR; while presenting the accused before the respective court; while submitting the report before the CJM and during the process of temporary rehabilitation at various shelters. Since a majority of the children who took to begging were found to have arrived here from other States, it was decided that they should be handed over to the Social Welfare Departments (SWD) of their home States.

The police has also been directed to find out whether the children had been kidnapped by any `mafia gangs’ from their home States. Checking inside train compartments would be intensified with the assistance of the Railway Protection Force and the Railway police. The meeting was attended by the principal sub judge S.S. Vasan and poet Sugathakumari among others.