How does begging culture can be discouraged?
Beginning is one of cheapest sources of earning money. It is very serious problem, which is being ignored deliberately. It not solely the problem of Pakistan, however, it does prevail in less developed south Asian countries. The main causes behind rapid increase issue are poverty, pretence in the form of physical disorder , indolence and attitude of people which are giving a hand to begging at large.
Indeed, beggars are the parasites, who live on other’s money. Their lives are leaded by stepping their hands towards other people of the society. Begging is not a choice for some people, who are found in streets. But it is poverty, which makes them do so. There are so many families which are deprived of meeting with prerequisites. They hardly afford to get food two times a day and are those ,who are unable to sit and sleep under the roof. So, those poor and homeless people are not left with any other option except moving to streets for their survival. After all , they learn to live in every situation regardless of tolerating anything. It strengthens them and gives rise to the crimes in the society. Some beggars prove to be hazardous ones. They commit crimes , they rob people by doing black magic.
In fact, physicality of a person does matter the most, but it is not always the case with today’s beggars. Some people beg by their choice. They pretend to be lame, blind and mad in order to win the sympathy of public, which earns them handsome money than usual. It appears very easy job for them to do instead of doing hard labour or doing anything by their own. Almost not a single street is free from beggars. They are seen everywhere and create very difficulty for the society, because their way of asking for alms is not polite, but irritating. If anyone refuse to give charity, whether they beseech by folding their hands or they just weep, holding the feet of the one who refuses. After all, they get whatever is refused.
In addition to this, the attitude of people towards beggars helps increase begging. People tolerate them by giving them money to earn religious virtues which definitely gives encourage beggars to beg even more. In result, the sympathetic attitude of people promotes begging. People must give alms to the deserving ones instead of giving money to everyone. This can lessen the number of beggars.
In nutshell, it is the responsibility of government to provide those helpless people with basic needs, who are forced to beg, and should take some certain measures against those people, who being able and physically fit are begging in streets. This is the best way to get rid of begging.
About writer: Abdul Razzaque is freelance writer based in Sukkur .