RAWALPINDI: Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) under a grand operation launched in November taken into custody 76 children found begging on city roads, lost and runaway children.
District Officer CPWB, Ali Abid Naqvi talking to APP said, the children found begging on various city roads were taken into custody by the bureau as rescue teams of the bureau along with police regularly visit different areas in the city.
He said, CPWB along with Social Welfare
Department, Rescue 1122 and City Traffic Police officers visited different city areas including Marrir Chowk, Double Road, Shamisabad, Railway Road, Chaklala, Scheme-III, Commercial Market, Murree Road, Saddar Bazar, Pirwadhai, Siddiqui Chowk, Airport, Sixth Road and Faizabad to rescue beggars, lost and runaway children.
The children taken into custody are presented in Child Protection Court for legal custody, he said adding, family tracing unit of the bureau makes efforts to find parents of such children and on provision of affidavit that children would not be compelled to begging, handed over to them. 79 children were handed over to the parents or guardians during last month, he informed.
He said people should come forward and play their role in this regard and information about such children should be given on child protection helpline-1121.
He claimed that Child Protection Bureau Punjab has played a vital role by handing over thousands of children who were runaway or had lost their parents.
The people should play their role and awareness should be created among the citizens particularly poor and needy to make their children useful members of the society.
He said, at present 60 destitute, neglected and runaway children are residing at Rawalpindi
center and being provided all possible facilities.