Beg­ging as a pro­fes­sion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - DANIA SHOAIB

I want to ex­press my dis­con­tent and an­guish against the evils of street beg­ging. It is as­sum­ing and alarm­ing pro­por­tion in our coun­try. There are more beg­gars in our coun­try than ever be­fore. No bazaar, not street and no gar­den is free from them. They pester you at your home, fol­low you to your of­fice, un­nerve you at the traf­fic sig­nals and worry you at your shop. If you do not pay at­ten­tion to them, they curse you. Some of them are quite healthy and strong. They have taken to beg­ging as a pro­fes­sion be­cause they do not want to work.

I be­lieve that all type of beg­ging should be abol­ished by law. Able bod­ied men­di­cants should be made to work on fixed wages in fac­to­ries or work in houses. For oth­ers, poor houses should be opened where they could be fed and clothed at Gov­ern­ment ex­penses. The beg­gars who suf­fer from in­fec­tious ail­ments should not be al­lowed to spread dis­ease by mov­ing about in streets or ly­ing on roads. They must be sent to hospi­tals for treat­ment.

There ram­pant pres­ence is counter-pro­duc­tive for the hon­our and es­teem of the na­tion; they are a blot on the dig­nity of the Pak­istan and must be re­moved from the scene. If some­one is re­ally des­ti­tude he/she sould be looked af­ter by Bait ul Mal or other of­fi­cial char­ity houses; and beg­ging as a pro­fes­sion to earn easy money, at the cost of this na­tions self­es­teem must be erad­i­cated by all means of the state power. —Karachi

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