Crackdown on beggars unleashed in Delhi; cops turn to finger printing and more

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Updated: December 9, 2016 11:56:23 AM

This initiated a move by police of taking at least 500 such people staying on footpaths and under flyovers to 16 police stations in the area and they will be photographed and fingerprinted.

Don't judge a book by its cover. This phrase fits in the recent incident where two beggars who seemed barely able to eke out a living, amassed more than a lakh in cash and jewellery by allegedly breaking into houses in the area. (Reuters)Don’t judge a book by its cover. This phrase fits in the recent incident where two beggars who seemed barely able to eke out a living, amassed more than a lakh in cash and jewellery by allegedly breaking into houses in the area. (Reuters)

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This phrase fits in the recent incident where two beggars who seemed barely able to eke out a living, amassed more than a lakh in cash and jewellery by allegedly breaking into houses in the area. The arrest of two, Ravi and Kadam, aging 26 and 24  respectively, in October has now sparked first of its kind crackdown on beggars and vagabonds in south Delhi, which reflects illegal profiling of the poor without proof, as reported by Hinduatan Times.

This initiated a move by police of taking at least 500 such people staying on footpaths and under flyovers to  16 police stations in the area and they will be photographed and fingerprinted. “It will help keep their activities in check and if they indulge in crime, they will be easy to trace. Previously we have found their involvement in petty theft and burglary,” said deputy commissioner of police (south), Ishwar Singh.

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On the other hand, some concerned citizens say the exercise is wrong as the entire lot cannot be held responsible. The move by authorities labels all poor and homeless people as criminals without tangible evidence.

Police say the two Ravi and Kadam, was involved in eight theft cases in south Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave, Hauz Khas and Neb Sarai, staking out unnamed houses in the locality and making a note of homeowners who were financially well-off or kept valuables at home, have been sent to judicial custody. But many activists are doubtful whether crime of the duo is enough to launch a massive profiling programme.

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