1 held, 3 kids rescued in drive against begging in Calangute


Continuing their drive against beggars, the Calangute police arrested one more beggar and rescued three more children who were being forced to beg on the streets of Calangute on Wednesday morning.
The rescued children have been lodged at the Apna Ghar protective home in Merces. The drive has been launched following repeated complaints from residents and stake-holders about gangs of beggars harassing foreign tourists.
At a recent gram sabha in Calangute, residents claimed that foreign tourists get the impression that the local people are begging after they see these children.
On Tuesday, a Calangute police team headed by PI Nolasco Raposo had rescued six children who were found begging and trying to sell trinkets to tourists. The special operation had been carried out along with advocate Emidio Pinho of the NGO Scan and volunteers of El Shaddai. The police had also booked six adult beggars who were found begging with the children and arrested six hawkers for causing public nuisance, PI Raposo said.
In December, police rescued 18 children in the Calangute market area.
This drive against beggars will continue throughout the tourist season. [TOI]