Should we give money to beggars ?

The visitors to our country will not take long to comment on the numbers of beggars who crowded the streets of the town or press into one’s courtyard with urgent appeals of charity. Many of them are sad spectacles,   suffering from loss of member or some horrible disease or injury. Such person’s, one feels, cannot possibly work and therefore it is a deserving act to give a little help. Give to a beggar and tomorrow there will be ten at your door.

Often it is a highly organized society, in which they pass information of generous givers to each other. The man who has lost a limb in accident is often looked, as lucky, for he now has a qualification that will earn for them quite a good livelihood. In fact we have seen persons imposing injuries on children, causing deformities which will awaken sympathy and so make them able to live by begging.

People are charitably tending in Pakistan, and the poorest have usually something to spare for those more poor. This kindness of heart is exploited, taken advantages by the unscrupulous and moreover people go to the other extreme and refuse to give to any beggar. In this way some temporary and genuine case of poverty and adversity may be refused. As a rule the beggars who are most pressing, those who are leading in attacking one at a shop-door and who simply will not take (NO) for an answer, are the professionals and undeserving type. The man compelled to beg by force temporary need is usually timid, shy and shame-faced in his request. To differentiate between true need and cheeky beggary is a test of one’s judgment.

The professional beggars are a thoroughly undesirable class, and should not be encouraged. The FAQIRS could never be mistaken for true holy man. The true religious fajir will be the last man in the world to beg. The disease which those people spread among the people is numerous. Many of them are thieves and dacoits. There is a strong case for government action. Those men should be rounded up and each case investigated on its merits. The bold and rude rascals who are taking advantage of the kind hearts of the people should be sent in the labor camps. The few cases of genuine hardship, which are capable of being helped into a useful place in society, should be given necessary assistance. Above all there should be severe punishments for those who make use of very young children to awaken sympathy. We have seen a child of two years kept all day on a dirty and germy mat beside an aged beggar but the child has been hired for the day from its parents. We have known boys and girls of fewer than ten strictly trained in all devices of the professional beggar. Keep in mind that genuine cases are comparatively few and give nothing unless you are able to investigate and satisfy yourself.

 By Rehana khan(111/10)


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