Beggarsput in prisons before Ivanka visit
Authorities in the Indian city of Hyderabad are rounding up beggars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump for an international conference.
Over the past week, more than 200 beggars have been transported to male and female shelter homes in the grounds of two city prisons. Officials have been strictly enforcing a begging ban on the city’s streets and in other public places.
The crackdown seems to be having the desired effect, with most of Hyderabad’s thousands of beggars vanishing from sight.
Later this month, Ms Trump is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, which will also be attended by Indian premier Narendra Modi.
Officials said the drive against begging was launched because the entrepreneurship summit and the World Telugu Conference in December are taking place in the city.
“We will complete the clearing of beggars from the city roads by the end of the month,” said VK Singh, a top police officer.
The beggars have been rounded up from road junctions, bus stations and railway stations and transported by van to the shelters, where they often find themselves separated from their family members. They are being offered clean clothes, a shower and a bed. However, they are also being fingerprinted before they are allowed to leave and told they could be jailed if they are found begging again.
More than 20% of India’s 1.3bn people live on less than €1.70 a day.
Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of US president Donald Trump, with Japanese prime minister Shinzo earlier this month.
French president Emmanuel Macron.