SC refuses to ban begging

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/28/2021 11:54:14 AM

NEW DELHI, Jul 27: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to ban begging in the national capital, affirming that it won't take "elitist" view since the begging is "not out of choice" but a result of poverty and socio-economic issues.

A bench comprising Justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and Mukesh R Shah was considering a PIL filed by one Kush Kalra seeking to restrain beggars and vagabonds or those who are homeless from begging at traffic junctions, in markets and public places to avoid spread of Covind-19 pandemic.

It, however, issued a notice to the Centre and Delhi Government for their vaccination and rehabilitation as sought in the petition. Asserting at the outset, the Bench said it cannot accept the prayer to stop begging.

"Your first prayer is to restrain people from being on the streets. Why do people beg on the street? It's a function of poverty. As the Supreme Court, As the Supreme Court, we will not take an elitist view. They have no choice. Nobody wants to beg," said presiding judge Justice Chandrachud.

"This is a wider issue of social welfare policy from the Government. We can't say that "keep them away from our eyes. If we issue notice, it would mean we want that," he added.



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