Gone are the days when people used to beg out of genuine poverty. India is a country with the fastest growing economy and still, you can find so many beggars on the traffic signals, pounding on your car window and asking for money. Though there are some who beg because they are out of choice and have to do it as their body doesn’t allow them to work or for some other reason. However, most of the beggars you find on roads and temples do it because they do not feel like working and find asking for money from people an easier task to accomplish.
Beggary as a menace:
Some people have started a family business out of beggary. They tend to live near the traffic signals and do not fail to reach every day for people waiting at the signal, that too along with wives, mothers, and kids. Beggary has also been a consequence of the increasing crime rate in the country. Some lifeless people actually force kids and helpless women to go out there and beg and get them whatever they could earn. This might come as a shocker to many but the alone kids or girls with babies in hand you find at most signals are usually sent by those who run such agencies. They force them with threats to life and make kids work for them.
Our role in encouraging the practice:
India is a country that has grown believing in mythological tales, praises, and curses that we tend to give money to beggars in exchange for blessings or because of the fear of getting cursed. This encourages beggars to beg more and get away without working or earning money. When we visit temples, we find so many beggars that have absolutely fine, in fact, healthy bodies who do not work but come up for begging. And we, believing in prayers and blessings give them the money. And observing this, such people seek to take advantage of the givers and target on the grounds of humanity and religion to get money.
What can we do?
Until we stop encouraging beggars to beg, the begging menace in India would never leave. Poor will continue to beg instead of putting themselves to some good use. And for people who genuinely need money and are unable to help themselves, government and hundreds of NGOs are on it to make their lives better and help them with all they could.