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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: In an attempt at addressing the critical condition of the rehabilitating rescued child laborers of the city, the Delhi High Court has asked the state government to undertake effective actions in order to achieve the same.

A bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and PS Teji were alarmed at the fact that Delhi, despite having the required infrastructure, fails in providing adequate amenities to the rehabilitated child laborers.

Further, it also directed Delhi’s Chief Secretary to improve upon the working of Child Welfare Committees. The bench has also asked the secretary to look into the workings of the CWCs and juvenile homes.

The aforesaid order came in the wake of the lackadaisical attitude put up by both the central and state government in rescuing the two children in the capital.

It was after looking into the plea put up by Seema Roy who has been running pillar to post in order to get the custody of  her 12 year old son.

The bench realized that the Delhi police, CWC and the department of labour have failed in solving the precarious condition of child labourers.

“The chief secretary of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi is directed to convene an urgent meeting of all the stakeholders to have a complete review of the functioning of all the bodies who are involved in the process and to ascertain the exact reasons as to why they have failed to carry out the said directives,” the bench said, as quoted in a leading daily.

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Begging No More a Criminal Offence: Delhi High Court

The bench decriminalised begging and said that prosecution under the provisions of the Act was "unconstitutional".

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Begging in India. Image source: theindiansociety.org

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that begging is not a criminal offence and struck down laws penalizing it.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar struck down the provisions prosecuting begging under the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act.

The bench decriminalised begging and said that prosecution under the provisions of the Act was “unconstitutional”.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that begging is not a criminal offence. Wikimedia Commons
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that begging is not a criminal offence. Wikimedia Commons

However, the court granted liberty to the Delhi government to bring in alternative legislation to curb the racket of forced begging after undertaking an empirical examination on the sociological and economic aspect of the matter.

The court was hearing two public interest litigations by Harsh Mandar and Karnika Sawhney to seek basic human and fundamental rights for beggars in the national capital and for decriminalising begging.

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The pleas also sought basic amenities such as proper food and medical facilities at all beggar homes in Delhi. (IANS)