Jammu: As many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years, government told the assembly on Friday, while ruling out the hand of the mafia.
In 2014, 86 children went missing, 29 in 2015 and 47 in 2016, the government said.
“No case of abduction by an organised mafia has been reported in the JK so far,” the government said in response to a question by MLA Mubarak Gul.
Regarding the steps taken to curb begging menace in the state, the CM stated, “For prevention of begging in the State and also to create avenues for beggars as good citizens, the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Beggar Act, 1960 has been brought into the force from 1st January 1965.”
“Begging has been declared as an offence under section 3 of the said Act and further section 5 and 6 of the Act, lay down procedure for summary inquiry detention and penalty for any person, who is found begging irrespective of his/her domicile status.
She informed and added that to ensure the implementing agencies to carry implementation of his act effectively mentioned act has been extended for whole of the state vide SRO- 254 of 2014.
She said that section 4 of the Act empowers any police officer or other person authorized in this behalf by the District Magistrate to arrest without warrant, any person who is found begging and subsequently, on declaration as beggar by the Court .he or she is convicted and detained for not less than one year and not more than three years. In case of repeated offenders, he/she is to be detained for, not less than three years and not more than seven years.