Of legislative apathy and abdication of constitutional duties: Why the J&K High Court decriminalised Beggary in the State

Meera Emmanuel October 26 2019
gita mittal and rajesh bindal

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday effectively decriminalised beggary in the region, ruling that the Jammu & Kashmir Prevention of Beggary Act, 1960 and the Jammu & Kashmir Prevention of Beggary Rules, 1964 were liable to be struck down as unconstitutional.

The judgment passed by the Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal makes pertinent observations regarding the irrational consequences that follow the criminalisation of beggary, and the failure of the State to tackle the circumstances . . .

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