KARACHI: Police have arrested a number of beggars from the streets of Karachi and have raised suspicions that kids accompanying them may not be their very own and will have been kidnapped.
To confirm the suspicion, the police is planning to hold out DNA exams of the kids and the arrested grownup beggars.
According to an article by Geo News, the police, in collaboration with 10 companies, have initiated a joint investigation to launch a crackdown on the beggar mafia within the metropolis.
Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon informed the outlet that some necessary choices have been taken on this regard.
“The Sindh government’s Social Welfare Department, the Child Protection Authority, Roshni Helpline, Saylani Welfare Trust, the Anti-Violent Crime Cell, Traffic Police, and other organisations are collaborating with the police,” he mentioned.
According to Ghulam Nabi Memon, there may be rising proof that Karachi beggars are concerned in a number of felony actions, together with drug trafficking.
“Most of these beggars do not belong to the native population of the city. They either speak Seraiki and have been involved in the begging ‘profession’ for many generations, or belong to the Bengali or Burmese ethnic groups,” the police chief mentioned, including that lots of them are additionally international residents, with numerous them being Afghans.
“During our meeting with different organisations, we raised our suspicion about the children accompanied by these beggars and have decided to carry out DNA tests to find out if the children have been abducted,” he mentioned.
In lots of the instances, beggars intentionally amputate [the limbs and hands] of the kidnapped kids in order that they may use them as instruments of their begging enterprise.
According to the Karachi Police chief, underneath the supervision of the Social Welfare Department within the metropolis, facility centres and shelter properties have been made accessible in Korangi and Malir districts the place full lodging and meals amenities shall be supplied to beggars and their kids.
“An anti-begging unit is also being activated across the city, under which the first phase of the pilot project is soon being launched to make Karachi a no-beggar zone,” Ghulam Nabi Memon mentioned.