Delhi High Court decriminalizes begging, declares anti-begging law unconstitutional


The Delhi High Court today declared the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 (Act), as extended to Delhi, unconstitutional insofar as it criminalized beggary/begging.

The provisions of the Act, which do not directly or indirectly criminalize begging, such as Section 11 which deals with penalty for employing or causing persons to solicit or receive alms, causing persons or children to solicit or receive alms, or using such persons as exhibits, were maintained.

The court, however, granted liberty to . . .

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