‘Begging’ on the streets is a ‘crime’ now in Hyderabad. The ban comes just before Ivanka Trump's visit for Global Summit creating hard times for beggars.
Stereotypes about India are rampant in the West, and particularly in U.S. This mindset saw reinforcement ever since Academy-award winning film Slumdog Millionaire hit the screens. For many Americans, the country is only a mass of beggars and slums.
Interestingly, ‘begging’ on the streets is a ‘crime’ now in Hyderabad. The ban is in place for two months. According to a notification by Commissioner of Police M Mahendar Reddy confirmation of ban is now official. Beggars are going to have a tough time ahead of a foreign delegate’s visit to the city.
Although the order only cites inconvenience as a reason and does not say why the ban is in place, it is precisely in the period when Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump’s daughter, will be in the city.
Ivanka will lead the US delegation at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). The venue for the all important event is the city of pearls, Hyderabad. Quoting it due to its high heritage, but the beggars population doesn’t do justice to it one bit.
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is a platform which connects global entrepreneurs with the access and exchange needed to create and innovate. The high-profile event will see several prominent personalities in attendance, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event will take place from November 28 to November 30.
This isn’t the first time that such an order is in place. Earlier a similar drive was undertaken to make Hyderabad ‘beggar-free’ in 2000, when former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited the city. According to Business Line, local police then relocated hundreds of beggars.
In an order issued on Tuesday, Hyderabad City Commissioner Reddy said. “It has come to my notice through the public that many beggars are begging alms in an indecent manner. They are also employing children and handicapped persons to solicit or receive alms at the main junctions of the road.”
“Such acts are causing annoyance and awkwardness by exposing in an indecent manner to divert the attention of the vehicular traffic as well as pedestrians and public in general to induce them to give alms. These acts are dangerous to the safety of the vehicular traffic and public in general,” the notice added.
The orders, in place from 6 am on Tuesday to 6 am on January 7, 2018, makes begging liable to prosecution under Section 188 of the IPC (for disobedience of an order duly promulgated by a public servant), which could land you in prison.
The notice also said that persons violating the order would also be booked under the TS preventions of Begging Act, 1977 and the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.