Evil of street beg­ging

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FAHAMA MASHYYA

It is a mat­ter of shame that even af­ter many years of in­de­pen­dence our roads and streets are still in­fested with beg­gars. One can­not es­cape their plead­ings for alms. They seem to be om­nipresent. It is a great nui­sance to have beg­gars around you at the bus stops, rail­way sta­tions, mar­ket-com­pounds and re­li­gious places. Even when one tries to avoid them, it is dif­fi­cult to get out of their clutches. Some­times th­ese beg­gars em­bar­rass you and you have to part with some coins even against your will. If th­ese beg­gars hap­pen to spot some for­eign­ers, they would not leave them un­til they force them to give them alms. What im­pres­sion of our coun­try th­ese for­eign­ers will carry back to their coun­tries? Some of the beg­gars ap­pear to be quite healthy and stout. It seems they have found beg­ging to be the most con­ve­nient method of earn­ing money. I feel that Govern­ment must ban beg­ging and haul the beg­gars. The healthy beg­gars should be forced to work for their liveli­hood. If the in­ci­dence of beg­ging is not checked im­me­di­ately, it will turn out to be a big so­cial evil in times to come. Pub­lic co­op­er­a­tion is so­licited to curb this evil from our so­ci­ety. —Via email

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