Beggary thrives in capital during Ramazan

RAWALPINDI: Professional beggars are having a roaring business in the holy month of Ramazan, as the police and the administration seem reluctant to take any action against them.Nowadays, groups of beggars, mostly women and children are seen begging in markets, shopping centres, roads, and streets of the city. The shopping malls in the town are also amongst the choicest business locations of these beggars.It is said that no ordinary beggar could do business at such sought out locations, because they are covertly ‘auctioned’ by corrupt elements in the police and other related departments for large sums of money called ‘Bhatta’ (extortion).The beggars are witnessed everywhere, particularly in Rawalpindi. Several groups of beggars have occupied main traffic signals of the town where one can see a lot of children and women thronging at vehicles asking for alms. The beggars use new techniques to attract people, as their sole purpose is to take money from them.Professional beggary is becoming a social menace as more and more beggars, including physically fit, healthy and young men, women and children are turning towards this profession.Mosques and other religious places are also amongst the most profitable sources for the professional beggars. A large number of men, women and children beg regularly at on roads and streets from dawn to dusk.Mostly, these are very professional and expert beggars. Though, several drives were launched against the professional beggars in the past, but the police and the authorities concerned have failed to take a serious and visible action against the professional beggars. The real deserving poor people should be provided maximum ihelp during this drive, while the mafias, running large groups of professional beggars should be taken to the task.In Rawalpindi, especially on the busy places like Raja Bazaar, Saddar Bazaar, Committee Chowk, Mareer Chowk, Sixth Road Chowk, and Tench Bhatta, the commuters and drivers face irritation on red lights as a large number of beggars seek financial support claiming they are not professional. 

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