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In the wake of a sudden rise in child begging in the recent past, especially in the city of Colombo and its suburbs, the police have decided to initiate special raids to arrest those who forced children into begging, the Police Headquarters announced yesterday .

Police Media Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said during 14 raids conducted during the last three months, 18 children were taken into custody and produced in courts.

“Eleven boys, seven girls who were engaged in begging were arrested during the raids. Four of them were sent to children's probation homes. The remaining 14 were handed over to their parents on a Court bond,” he said.

Therefore police said special operations will be carried out in Colombo and the suburban to arrest the child beggars by the Police Children and Women's Bureau Head office and 42 other divisional offices. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • David G A Saturday, 10 June 2017 10:58 AM

    I can remember making same statement years ago.Nothing happened so far. We are not consistent in any regulations. This will survive on for two weeks and then back to square one. Wait and see.

    Concerned Saturday, 10 June 2017 11:15 AM

    All forms of begging should be banned. Specially near traffic lights and public conveyances. Some of the beggars are disabled or feeble to avoid accidents and the driver gets into trouble for no fault of his. This was proposed earlier and as usual no action has been taken.

    ghostlanka Saturday, 10 June 2017 12:13 PM

    How do you prove that this child belongs to this parent or blood relative???Hora Birth Certificate.... NO. Need DNA testing to prove paternity of guardianship.

    Senewi Saturday, 10 June 2017 12:21 PM

    The increase of beggars indicates the success of "Yaha palana" government

    daham Saturday, 10 June 2017 01:29 PM

    Oh, That is a live proof to say that the cost of living has been up trend after the present government came into power and poor fellas are starving. The government should understand this real situation of the country and the society. People are suffering a hell of a lot.

    M M you Saturday, 10 June 2017 01:39 PM

    good move need to identify who is forcing parents or someone else in such cases need proper action to save the children via DM Android App

    Sunil Saturday, 10 June 2017 02:25 PM

    Did they learn it from our former Minister of Finance?

    Louie Saturday, 10 June 2017 07:07 PM

    And what will arresting children achieve?? Taking CHILDREN to Court? Under 16 they are a minor in Law.

    madness Saturday, 10 June 2017 07:13 PM

    the madness of srilanka . completely ridiculous arresting children and producing them in ...court. poor children dont understand head or tale whats happening.... via DM Android App


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