Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 13:
Three days after a 10-year-old minor boy was rescued from Bhubaneswar Railway Station by members of a city-based voluntary organisation, the Bhubaneswar Government Railway Police (GRP) today nabbed eight women from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for involvement in the racket that pushed poor and orphaned children into begging.
GRP personnel also rescued five children who were allegedly engaged in begging by their masters.
The accused women were identified as K Basanta, R Manjula, Jai Amma, Uppama, Venkata Amma, Shyanta Amma, Munni Amma and Sushila. Police have registered a case (73/2015) against them and has pressed charges under sections 363 (A), 468, 471, 472, 420, 120 (B) of IPC and 24 (1) (2) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
Inspector-in-charge of GRPS Saubhagya Kumar Swain said acting on the allegation of a voluntary organisation that children in the city were being forced into begging by their masters and pushed into trains to collect alms from the passengers inside, a team of officials had conducted a search operation at various places in and around the railway station. During the searches, the team arrested the eight women from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka andrescued five children from their clutches.
All the accused were forwarded to a local court here today, added the GRPS IIC.
The accused use to engage minor children in begging by pretending to be deaf, dumb and partial sighted and showing forged government documents and medical papers to buttress their claims.
On June 10, a minor boy was rescued by Bhubaneswar Childline, which alleged that the boy was forced into begging after slashing his tongue by his master, who is said to be from Khordha Road area.
The rescued minor boy had also alleged that his master has employed around 20 minors and engaged them to collect alms from the passengers inside the train between Khordha Road and Bhubaneswar Railway Stations.