Begging In Pakistan & its Causes and Suggestions

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Begging In Pakistan:

For My Final Project “Interview of Beggars” We have visited some place of twin cities Islamabad and Rawalpindi and took about 19 interviews and we have noticed that these beggars use different techniques and tactics by exaggerating their condition to utmost deprivation. It is a dilemma in our society that young children are kidnapped or picked up from homes, orphanages or streets, molested and forced to beg.

Types of Beggars:

We have noticed that there are about 3 types of beggars.

Professional Beggars:

There were present a large number of professional beggars in the bazaar. They make sentimental cries and beg in the name of religion and morality. They recite the verses of the Holy Quran and recite naat. They make heart rending appeals. Some of them are quite healthy but they pose to be sick. There were some others who have broken their arms or legs. They sit on carts pulled by some strong and healthy men. Some of them creep and crawl on the road. They were seen frequently in the bazaar. The passersby take pity on them and give them something in charity.

Child Beggars:

 

The child beggars pester everyone. They belong to poor and down trodden families. They were quite young and tender. Whenever a car is parked, they rush o the owner of the car and beg some alms from him. They were very large in number. It is a pity that instead of going to some school, they were sent by their poor parents to beg.

Genuine Beggars:

There are only a few beggars who are genuine and non-professional. They are really needy and poor people. Some of them were widows and others are old, weak and disabled persons who cannot work.

 

Our Best Interviews:

 

1st Interview

 

Name:

Tayyaba Ahmed

Location:

Saddar Bazaar Rawalpindi

Age:

8 Years

Education:

Leave school after 2 class

Reason for Begging:

Poverty

Daily Earning:

250-300 RS

No of Siblings:

6

Mother’s Occupation:

Begging

Father’s Occupation:

Job

Willing for Better Life:

Yes

Future Plans:

Want to become a Doctor

Life Style:

Very low profile life with very low income

Sources of Recreation:

She Play with dolls for recreation

Male give more money or female:

Female

Any Disability or Disease:

No

 

Satisfied with life:

Yes, she is happy and satisfied with her life.

 

 

2nd Interview:

Name:

Asma Arshad

Location:

F11 Islamabad

Age:

6 years

Education:

Uneducated

Reason for Begging:

Poverty

Daily Earning:

300-500 RS

No of siblings:

3

Mother’s Occupation:

Start begging after his husband death.

Willing for Better Life:

Yes

Future Plans:

Want to become a Doctor

Life Style:

Very low profile life with very low income even they don’t have home to live.

Sources of Recreation:

Drawing

Male give more money or female:

Female

Any Disability or Disease:

No

Satisfied with life:

She is happy but not satisfied with her life.

 

 3rd Interview:

Name:

Matlub Hussain

Location:

F 11 Markaz

Age:

6o Years

Daily Earning:

Not More than 300 Rs

Education:

Leave School after 6 class

Married:

No, he is still single

Reason of Begging:                               

Disability after an accident

Past Experience:

Job at some local hotel

Willing For Better Life:

Yes

Sources of Recreation:

Listening Old Music

Drugs:

Smoking and Naswar

 

4th Interview:

Name:

  1. Javid

Location:

Karachi Company G11 Islamabad

Age:

57 years

Daily Earning:

300-400 RS

Education:

Leave school after Matriculation

Married:

Yes, but his wife is dead and he lives with his mother

Reason of Begging:

According to him it is most easy way to earn

Past Experience:

Servant at CBO Rawalpindi

Willing For Better Life:

No

Sources of Recreation:

According to him there is no recreation in his life

Drugs:

Weed

Analysis

Ages:

In our 19 Interviews there are 9 beggers have ages more than 50 years 6 beggers are clildren while 4 beggers have ages from 20 to 40 years. We have noticed that more beggers have  ages more than 50.

Willing For Better Life:

In our 19 interviews there were about 12 beggars who were willing for better life while 7 beggars were not willing for better life.It means that 75% of beggers were willing for better life.

Drugs Addicted:

In our 19 Interviews 12 beggars were drug addicted even some children and female beggars were also drugs addicted.

Life Style:

Almost all beggars were living very low profile life without proper houses healty food and proper dresses. Some beggars even don’t have shelter to live they sleep at roads or Darbars.

Disability Or Profession:

According to Express Tribute blog Begging become a profession in Pakistan and beggars were more greedy than needy and that thing we noticed in these Interviews about 70% were professional beggars while 30% were needy and have some disabilty.

Education:

Mostly Beggars are uneducated but we noticed that 5% Beggers have Education more than Matric.

Skills:

Most Beggars have different skills like Car washing, shoe Polish, Clildren Beggers have more passion and love for education but  unfourtunately due to lack of resources  it become imposible for them to get education and polish their skills.

Married or Unmarried:

About 75% Beggars were Married while 25% were not Married due to Poverty and some unknown reasons.

Satisfied or not satisfied with life:

About 80% beggars were satisfied with their life while 20% beggars were not satisfied with their life even some beggars want to commit suicide.

Suggestions:

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity it is an act of justice”

  • It is suggested that begging should be prohibited by law.
  • Disabled and weak beggars must be kept in charitable institutions. They must be given some light work like knitting, washing, cooking etc.
  • Professional beggars must be arrested and set to some work.
  • Real and needy beggars should be properly helped. Child beggars should be sent to school and government should look after them.

 

Conclusion:

I  concluded that begging is becoming a popular  business in our country which does not have any loss. Most of Beggars do it professionally their families were involved and they pass this trait from generation to generation. They don’t feel any hesitation and shame in begging from people. They do it confidently. They occupy signals, streets, U turns, outside of buildings in markets or markaz. Their occupation is to collect minimum to maximum money. Their needs were to get food/meal, shelter etc.

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” 
(Nelson Mandela)