NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, Delhi High Court directed a Centre to submit a detailed status report from the Centre, and the Delhi Government on the steps taken for the purpose of rehabilitation of children who are affected by child beggary in the city.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad directed that the status report must contain the zone-wise steps taken by the authorities in the entire NCT region.
The Plea was filed by Advocate Ajay Gautam, seeking strict implementation of the provisions contained in the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005.
Last year the Court issued notices to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the Centre, the Delhi Police, the Department of Social Welfare (NCT of Delhi), and the Department of Education (NCT of Delhi).
The council member appearing for DCPCR apprised the Court that it was carrying out periodic checks and was taking steps to rehabilitate children on the streets in view of the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) put in place. The Centre and Delhi Government also submitted that steps were being taken to rehabilitate the affected children and also to ensure compliance of the SOP on the subject.
“Respondents seek and are granted eight weeks time to file a detailed status report on the steps taken by them in the matter, zone wise, in respect of the entire NCT region,” the Court ordered.
The matter will now be heard on December 2. The plea also seeks a direction to the Station House Officers (SHOs) of all Police Stations to take appropriate steps for preventing child begging in the areas under their jurisdiction and a beat officer be appointed in this regard.
“No child begs for himself. They are forced into it as a part of organized crimes… These children are given daily targets. They are abused, subjected to violence,” he had previously alleged before the Court.