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Source:   —  November 14, 2017, at 7:38 AM

Over the past week, more than two hundred beggars have been transported to separate male and female shelter homes located on the grounds of two city prisons.

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Authorities in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are rounding up beggars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump for an international conference.

Over the past week, more than two hundred beggars have been transported to separate male and female shelter homes located on the grounds of two city prisons. Authorities have been strictly enforcing a begging ban on the city'south streets and in other public places.

The crackdown seems to be having the desired effect, with most of Hyderabad'south thousands of beggars vanishing from sight.

Trump is a senior adviser to her father, President Donald Trump. Later this month, she's scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Executive declare the drive against begging was launched because two upcoming international events are taking space in the city — the entrepreneurship summit and the World Telugu Conference in December.

Begging is a criminal offense in India and can be punished by as much as ten years in prison, although the law is rarely enforced.

"We'll complete the clearing of beggars from the city roads by the finish of the month," said V. K. Singh, a top police officer.

The beggars have been rounded up from traffic junctions, bus stations and railway stations and transported by van to the shelters, where they frequently discover themselves separated from their family members.

They're being offered spotless clothes, a shower and a bed. But they're also being fingerprinted before they're allowed to leave and told they could face jail time if they're found begging again.

More than twenty % of India'south 1.3 billion people live on less than two dollars a day. For many, begging offers a latest resort to stay alive.

Beggars tend to crowd around cars at traffic signals, knocking on windows and asking for food and money. They comprise children as youthful as five, who weave through risky traffic and frequently carry out tiny acrobatic acts.

A rights grouping that runs the two Hyderabad homeless shelters on the grounds of the Chanchalguda and Charalapally jails where the beggars are being taken estimates the city has 13.000 beggars.

About half of them are begging because they're living in poverty while the other half wish money for alcohol and drugs, said Gattu Giri, an official with the Amma Nanna Ananda Ashram organization.

The entrepreneurship summit is an annual event that this year will focus on supporting female entrepreneurs. Running from Nov. 28-30, the summit is being jointly hosted by the U. S. and India.

Singh said that following month, after Ivanka Trump has left, police will start offering cash rewards to people who notify them of a beggar'south location. Police have set up a control room to get the information.

This isn't the first time the destitute and homeless have been pushed out of sight as India hosts international visitors. Ahead of the two thousand ten Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, slums were demolished and thousands of beggars pushed to the edge of the city.

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