On Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to a petition seeking the rehabilitation and immunisation of beggars and vagabonds in the aftermath of the Covid outbreak.
“What makes people beg? It’s a result of their affluence. We will not adopt the snobbish position of not wanting to see beggars on the street. This is a socioeconomic situation that can not be rectified by such directives. “
While allowing the Union of India and the National Capital Territory of Delhi to alter the request, the Court issued notice to the Union of India and the NCT of Delhi to attend to the immediate relief of immunisation and medical facilities. After two weeks, the case will be heard again.
We are unable to grant the request to keep them from begging because this is a socioeconomic issue. “We will not take an elitist stance like the Supreme Court,” Justice Chandrachud stated.
“Please do not invoke the prayer to prevent beggars from begging,” Justice Shah added.
The petitioner stated that he will not pursue the request to prohibit begging, but that the goal of the petition is to ensure that beggars are rehabilitated and receive good medical care.
The Court made a note of it in its decision and sent notice to the Delhi and Central governments. Also, he granted the liberty to amend the prayer so as to bring it into conformity with the pleadings.
The petition, filed by AOR Mohit Paul with the assistance of Advocate Sunaina Phul, seeks a writ of mandamus to compel
1) prohibit beggars and vagabonds/homeless from begging at traffic junctions, markets, and public places in order to prevent the spread of the covid-19 pandemic in all states and union territories across India, rehabilitate them, and ensure food, shelter, and basic medical care.
2) With the support of the Social Departments and District Magistrates, rehabilitate the beggars.
3) To direct responses to providing food, shelter, and basic medical services to beggars in all Indian states and union territories, including the covid-19 vaccine.
4) Provide essential guidance in this regard until legislative legislation is enacted.
5) Instruct respondents to gather information about these individuals.