‘State can’t provide everything to homeless, beggars’: Bombay HC
‘State can’t provide everything to homeless, beggars’: Bombay HC

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has made important remarks for the homeless and beggars living on the streets. In fact, while hearing a PIL last Friday, a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni said, "The homeless and beggars should also do some work for the country. It is the State which cannot provide them everything. If they give everything for free, they won't work.''

In fact, the court's remarks came on a petition filed by Brijesh Arya, a resident of Mumbai. Let me tell all of you that Arya had requested the court during the lockdown to direct the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to provide three meals, drinking water, accommodation and public toilets to the homeless, beggars and poor in the city. During the hearing, BMC had told the court that "with the help of NGO, such people are being served food and sanitary napkins are being given to women of this category all over Mumbai." The court accepted BMC's plea and said, "There is no need to give further directions on food and essential sussels.''

The double bench, while hearing the case, said, "Homeless and beggars should also work for the country. Everybody is working. The State cannot give everything. Your petition is going to increase the population of this class." Further, the court questioned the petitioner saying, "If all the requests made in the petition are accepted, it would be like inviting people not to work. There are public toilets in the city and a nominal charge is charged for their use across the city. BMC should allow the homeless to use such facilities for free. The petition did not elaborate on who the homeless are, not even referring to the homeless population in the city."

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