Section 2(1)(1) of the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959

Begging means: soliciting or receiving alms in a public place whether or not under any pretence such as singing dancing fortune telling performing or offering any article for sale, entering any private premises for the purpose of soliciting or receiving alms, exposing or exhibiting with the object of obtaining or extorting alms any sore, wound injury deformity or disease whether of a human being or animal

This act has regularly been used to harass and do all sorts of things towards street vendors and beggars on the streets of Delhi. During the common wealth games beggars would be rounded up and jailed or sent either back to their home towns or to random places outside of Delhi.

Thanks to Madhura for the quote

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