Steps taken by the Government for Child Beggars
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – I – Social Issues & GS- II – Welfare schemes
- Lok Sabha recently informed about the steps related to Child Beggars.
- Ministry: Ministry of Women and Child Development
- The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJ Act) is the primary law for children in the country.
- As per Section 2 of the Act,2015, a child who is found working in contravention of labour laws or is found begging is included as a “child in need of care and protection”.
- As per Section 76, whoever employs any child for the purpose of begging shall be punishable with imprisonment upto five years and fine of one lakh rupees.
- Child Protection Services (CPS) under Integrated Child Development Services scheme supports the children in difficult circumstances including child beggars and destitute children.
- Institutional care is provided through Child Care Institutions (CCIs), as a rehabilitative measure.
- The scheme supports 24×7 emergency helpline service for children in distress conditions (toll free number, 1098 from anywhere in India.
- A pilot project is undertaken for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Persons engaged in the act of begging in 10 cities.
- It includes education of children engaged in begging/children of persons engaged in the begging.