New Delhi, June 1 (ILNS): The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Delhi Government and the state Police on a petition seeking a ban/restraint on beggars and vagabonds from begging at traffic junctions and markets to prevent spread of COVID-19.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Delhi government, the urban shelter improvement board (DUSIB) and the police and asked them to file their response by July 3, 2021.
The PIL filed by Narender Pal Singh, through advocates Bhagya Shree and Veerendra Kumar said, that keeping in mind the severity of the prevailing pandemic situation, the begging at red lights should be stopped.
The petitioner further said that the Supreme Court on April 12 had declared a “national health emergency situation” in the country. As India’s daily new Covid-19 cases crossed the grim 3-lakh mark, amid desperate cries for oxygen in hospitals, the top court had, on its own, taken cognizance and declared a “national health emergency situation”, the petitioner said, adding that this petition will benefit the public at large by keeping control on rampant Covid-19 infections, which is being easily conveyed by beggars, and vagabonds roaming of traffic junction. As mushrooming of beggars in view of current pandemic in the NCT Delhi can spread the disease exponentially as they touch each and every vehicle.
The Petition said, “beggars at traffic light points and markets area are jeopardy as they neither wear mask nor maintain social distancing nor they have any care about hygiene and medication including vaccination.”
“Moreover, it would be for the benefit of beggars and vagabonds too. As the defendants and their governing body failed to take care the present issue, thus it is humbly submitted that this court may kindly be pleased to pass the writ in the nature of mandamus of any other appropriate writ or order, directing them to prepare a road map in order to restrain beggars and vagabond from begging on traffic junction,” the PIL reads.ILNS/SS/SJ/SNG