KURNOOL: With prosperous temples like Srisailam, Ahobilam, Mahanandi, and Mantralayam, Kurnool district is witnessing high incidence of child begging. Srisailam temple town has become a hub for children working as beggars.
So much so, it has caught the attention of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which has sought a special drive to eradicate child begging in front of temples in the district.
NCPCR member secretary Rupali Banerjee Singh held a virtual meeting with district officials, including those of Integrated Child Development Services. She asked them to take up a targeted drive at temples like Srisailam to rescue children forced into begging.
ICDS project director Bhagya Rekha, in a statement, said NCPCR directives will be followed to stem the rot of child begging in an around temples.
Street children in the district and child abuse are a perennial problem in Kurnool district, said David Raj, a volunteer. Once in a while, Operation…