Jammu: In Jammu and Kashmir, begging is no longer a crime. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has abolished the Prevention of Beggery Act 1960 1960 and Rules 1964 relating to begging as unconstitutional.
A bench of High Court Chief Justice Geeta Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal gave this major order during the hearing on the matter on Friday. Along with this, on 23 May 2018, the High Court quashed the order banning begging by the Deputy Commissioner in Srinagar.
The court felt that poverty is a human rights matter. The poor have the right to live. In the Indian Constitution, citizens have their fundamental right to freedom, food, healthy living, wearing, living, education and other everyday amenities. When all this is not met, the poor are forced to beg.
The court said that the struggle for essential facilities makes them beggars. It is the government’s failure to provide all this to the poor. Therefore he is forced to beg. This kind of struggle to live cannot be a crime. The poor are financially backward.
The rules under the Jammu Kashmir Prevention of Begery Act 1960 and its 1964 are completely unjustified, wrong and arbitrary. It is an attack on independence under Article 19 (1) (a) and D of the Constitution.