Provision

(1) Whoever kidnaps any minor or, not being the lawful guardian of a minor, obtains the custody of the minor, in order that such minor may be employed or used for the purposes of begging shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
(2) Whoever maims any minor in order that such minor may be employed or used for the purposes of begging shall be punishable with imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.
(3) Where any person, not being the lawful guardian of a minor, employs or uses such minor for the purposes of begging, it shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proved, that he kidnapped or otherwise obtained the custody of that minor in order that the minor might be employed or used for the purposes of begging.
(4) In this section,-
(a) "begging" means-
(i) soliciting or receiving alms in a public place,
whether under the pretence of singing, dancing,
fortunetelling, performing tricks or selling articles or
otherwise;
(ii) entering on any private premises for the purpose of soliciting or receiving alms;
(iii) exposing or exhibiting, with the object of
obtaining or extorting alms, any sore, wound, injury,
deformity or disease, whether of himself or of any other person or of an animal;
(iv) using a minor as an exhibit for the purpose of
soliciting or receiving alms;
(b) "minor" means-
(i) in the case of a male, a person under sixteen years
of age; and
(ii) in the case of a female, a person under eighteen
years of age.


Simply put

The section punishes kidnapping or maiming a minor for the purpose of begging. Clause (1) of this section says that whoever kidnaps any minor, or if he is not the lawful guardian of the minor obtains the minor’s custody, in order that such minor may either be employed or used for the purposes of begging, shall be punishable with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine. According to clause (2) of the section, whoever maims any minor in order that such minor may either be employed or used for the purpose of begging shall be punishable with imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine. Clause (3) of the section states that where a person who is not the lawful guardian of a minor either employs or uses such minor for the purposes of begging, in the absence of proof to the contrary it shall be presumed that he either kidnapped or otherwise obtained the custody of that minor in order that the minor might be employed or used for the purposes of begging. Clause 4 (a) of the section defines ‘begging’ and says that ‘begging’ means (i) either soliciting or receiving alms in a public place, whether under the pretense of singing, dancing, fortune-telling, performing tricks or selling articles or otherwise, (ii) entering on any private premises for the purposes of either soliciting or receiving alms; (iii) exposing or exhibiting, with the object of obtaining or extorting alms, any sore, wound, injury, deformity or disease, whether of himself or of any other person or of an animal; (iv) using a minor as an exhibit for the purpose of either soliciting or receiving alms. Clause 4 (b) of the section defines minor and says that a ‘minor’ means (i) a boy under sixteen years of age and (ii) a girl under eighteen years of age.



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