Seasonal beggars flock in twin cities before ramazan


ISLAMABAD: With fast approaching of the Holy month of Ramazan, groups of beggars mostly women, children and old men, have been flocking the markets, shopping malls, signals and streets for grabbing money which people give as charity.

According to shoppers in markets, these beggars use new tactics to gain people’s attention.

A visitors Huma Asif at Commercial Market Rawalpindi told APP, “The concept of beggary is now emerged as a business as mostly the general public believes that inability of authorities concerned to control beggars reflects that there is a strong mafia behind the beggars,.”

Instead of getting donations from people, their constant forceful tactics some times create nuisance for general public who feel attacked by their offensive behaviour. The beggars start annoying people from 6th Road Chowk while their groups continue to chase people in Commercial Market.

“The interruption of beggars becomes unbearable while shopping in the Commercial Market and main markets of federal capital as their common tactics create nuisance,” Sana Irum another visitor at Abpara Market said.

A group of women carrying infants, a young man with a bandaged arm, middle-aged men showing disabilities, barefoot child, she-males and others selling low quality products, are the most common kinds of beggars.

“These beggars sometimes create horrible situation by holding arms of people and forcing them to give money at any cost and when they are refused, they use offensive or abusive language,” said a shopkeeper at karachi company.

“We are happy on the arrival of Holy month of Ramazan this is the best month that we can make extra money” , said a beggar at Melody Market.

When contacted to Islamabad Capital Territory Administration official informed that administration has decided to launch special drive against the seasonal beggars in the capital and they will not be allowed to enter the city.

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