Beg­gary in Ra­mazan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - MOHSIN AZEEM

The evil of beg­gary has pierced in the roots of our so­cial life. It has taken the form of an in­dus­try. In Ra­mazan, it be­comes a flour­ish­ing busi­ness. The beg­gars gather at places fre­quented by the peo­ple. The mosques, mar­ket places, bus stands, rail­way sta­tions and uni­ver­si­ties are their favourite places. It is im­pos­si­ble to move about th­ese places peace­fully. If you show gen­eros­ity and open your purse, you are sur­rounded by a host of them.

Some child lifters, in the guise of beg­gars, are on the look out for ab­duct­ing chil­dren. The fe­male beg­gars en­ter the houses qui­etly with­out call­ing out for alms at the door. If they are not no­ticed by the in­mates, they run away with what­ever they can lay hands on. They also act as in­form­ers to the bur­glars who break into houses at night.

Beg­gar prob­lem in Pak­istan has be­come very com­pli­cated as there is no check and bal­ance on this worth­less job. Some of them may be re­ally fee­ble, de­serv­ing and poor but the ma­jor­ity is healthy and ha­bit­ual. The said prob­lem needs ur­gent at­ten­tion of con­cerned au­thor­i­ties. — Karachi

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