With Ivanka Trump set to visit India at the end of the month for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, law enforcement in the city has made a push to remove beggars from the streets, according to reports.
The summit is set for Nov. 28 through Nov. 30, and with hundreds of foreign delegates from across the globe planning to attend the event, police are making the effort to remove the beggars to rid the area of any potential danger that could come from an encounter.
The Telangana government, which wants Hyderabad to be seen as a global capital, is keen on ensuring that no beggars are seen around, according to reports.
Nearly 400 beggars Nov. 8 were taken away from the Goshamahal area and lodged at the rehabilitation center at the Chanchalguda Jail, according to reports.
“As per instructions of Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy to make the city beggar-free, we have shifted those in our area to rehabilitation center,” said Goshamahal ACP Narender Reddy in a statement.
The Indian Express reported that an official said, “Some beggars argued that we were taking their freedom to live anywhere they want but we told them it was for their own good because they are going to the rehab center where they will be taken care of.”
The goal is to move roughly 6,000 beggars in the city to rehab centers and shelters for homeless.
A similar task was done in 2000 when former President Bill Clinton visited the city.
The Hyderabad police commissioner Reddy banned begging on city streets through a prohibitory order issued Nov. 7. The prohibitory order would be in force till January 7, 2018.
“It has come to my notice through the public that many beggars are begging alms in an indecent manner. They are also employing children and handicapped persons to solicit or receive alms at the main junctions of the road,” the notice said. “Such acts are causing annoyance and awkwardness by exposing in an indecent manner to divert the attention of the vehicular traffic as well as pedestrians and public in general to induce them to give alms. These acts are dangerous to the safety of the vehicular traffic and public in general,” the notification said, adding that begging is prohibited under Section 144 of criminal procedure code 1973 and the order would remain in force for two months.