Beg­gar­sput in pris­ons be­fore Ivanka visit

Irish Examiner - - World News - Omer Fa­rooq

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.

Pic­ture: AP

Ivanka Trump, ad­vi­sor to and daugh­ter of US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, with Ja­panese prime min­is­ter Shinzo ear­lier this month.

French pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

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