The profession of begging

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/04/begging-thumb.jpgA street beggar can make as much as Rs. 2,500 in a day. That’s Rs. 75,000 in a month! One can only dream about making that kind of money by working in an office. Not to mention there are no government taxes on income generated from begging.

Beggars these days are masters of human phsychology. They know how to manipulate and spur emotions to get maximum amount of money from you. They select the perfect location, choose perfect words, assume perfect appearance to get your attraction and sympathies.

Indeed, begging has become a profession in Karachi. Almost all the beggars in Karachi are professionals. They beg for living. You will not be doing them a favor by giving them money. In fact, you will be doing this city a favor if you totally refuse to support them. If you really want to help someone, looking around your own family, your neighbourhood, your friends, and so on. You will certainly find someone who deserves your help.

Begging is a punsihable crime (at least in principle). You will only be promoting this crime by falling for their tactics.

7 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    UMAR,

    1st para is bloody tempting, specially the 5 figures with TAX exemption part wah, wah no tax deduction certificate attached with pay slip.

    the only thing is COMPETITION, stepping & crushing, kicking others which is norm of corporate culture.


  2. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

    These beggars pay a handful amount as a bribe to the local policewalla who in return allows them to do whatever they want.

    There was once a TV show in which 2 TV artist turned Beggars and beg for 1 hour only and then compare the earnings. One of them earns more than 100 Rs., so if a first timer can earn 100+ per hour a professional can earn many more.


  3. MB (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    For a long time now i have stopped giving them anything. Also, a good way to find out if the beggars are in real need or they are fake is to offer them food which many reject , especially those who say they are hungry.

    The second thing is to keep an eye on them for some time. IF you see them many times it simply means they are professionals like the ones at shahra-e-faisal baloch colony bridge where you will always see few women with drugged kids in their lap .

    I am at least seeing them for year now.

    Third never every give the kids. No kids begs at his own. It surely means he is being used.


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    never support beggars on signals.. all of em are professionals.. just keep a biscuit ticky pack and offer them a biscuit or two

    btw other day i saw a beggar on signal was walking weirdly like a disabled person with a bent leg… one of the car infront of us was about to give him some thing when signal turned green and all the cars behind him started honking so he was forced to slowly move his car forward and that beggar was literally running after the car minus the awkward style of walking that he was pretending minute ago… seemed like a perfectly healthy person….


  5. bubblegum (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 12:22 am

    I remember writing about this on my blog a long time ago. For 3 years I have commuted to and from Saddar daily and for 3 years I have seen the same beggars, saying the same lines (each one has a unique approach), wearing the same clothes. It made me guilty first, angry later. Angry because I felt guilty. Guilty that I had different clothes every day, guilty that I a bottle of cold water in my hand, guilty that I had money to buy me lunch and angry because it wasn’t my fault they didn’t and it wasn’t my fault they made NO ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE!
    Now I realize most do make considerable income but why would anyone prefer to stand all day in that heat, in those “working conditions” day in day out all year? If I had that much money, I’d at least be tempted to buy another shirt or some comfortable shoes! How do they discipline themselves to bear the blisters on their feet?

    I have a policy of giving to children and the elderly, rest I do discriminate against. Only exception is that little girl who continuously splatters mounds of Burnol and on her hand every morning for the last 3 years and bandages it to make it look like a fresh burn.


  6. pkhan (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    You never know who is going through what kind of situation/problem. Our 1/3 population eats one meal a day. So if you can give few extra bucks to some one please give it to them. Let Allah decide about him or her situation.You will be helping a POOR not an actor and Allah will reward you in return.Diloan ka hall to Allah janae.


  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    @PKHAN Allah nai Akall samhaj dan-eye insan ko dee hai for making a choice and acting wise.

    giving out to them who knock on ur car window as if you owe them makes them HAAD HARAM. or to those who have fresh wound for past 3 years makes no sense.

    When easy money TAX free is available who would work, they only share certain %age with the police and their runners.

    and all these methods of begging are HARAM and fall in catagory of extortion in terms of Quran & Hadith.

    Jawed Ahmed Ghamdi – has given a thoughtful lecture on this begging issue in ramzan on TV.



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