Off the streets: Child beggars handed back to parents

Published: June 10, 2012
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Children taken into custody from different areas are presented in Child Protection Court for legal custody. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Children taken into custody from different areas are presented in Child Protection Court for legal custody. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

RAWALPINDI: 

Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) Rawalpindi rescued 10 children found begging on the city’s roads during the past week.

According to district officer CPWB, children found begging on the roads are taken into custody by the bureau as rescue teams along with the police regularly visit areas where the majority of beggars are to be found in the city. He informed that the children taken into custody from different areas are presented in Child Protection Court for legal custody.

The family tracing unit of the bureau attempts to find out their parents and on provision of an affidavit that the children would not be made to beg, they are handed over to them. He said people should come forward and play their role in this regard and information about such children should be given on the child protection help line 1121.

He said people should help create awareness about making children productive citizens.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Ali S
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:51AM

    This is great news. Hopefully the children are safe and well now. I wish we could do the same in Karachi, child beggars are everywhere here.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:04PM

    absolutely good work and one of the finest news from Pakistan in recent days. I am so happy that at least Child Protection Bureau actually exist in Pakistan and there some good, sincere Pakistanis are working towards the betterment of our so dear, beautiful kids, the Generation Next of Pakistan.

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  • Knotty
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Child protection bureau only exists in Punjab (one of the very few good deeds done by Pervaiz Elah, then CM Punjab in 2005).
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    Its reassuring to see that 60% of Pakistan (Punjab) doesn’t have child begging problems.
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    Other provinces should do the same asap.

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  • S
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:13PM

    @Knotty totally disagree, there is a lot of work being done in Khi and Peshawar and other cities to help homeless children by local people. May be not by local govt but that doesn’t matter, does it? Instead of being critical about something we need to step forward and make a difference. And please stop the dirty politics of provinces, mean no offence and honest comment. Pakistan Zindabad

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