KARACHI: Karachi is facing the problem of begging, which has increased in the past few years. There is no doubt that poverty has increased in the country, and many people are struggling to survive due to unemployment. Many commit suicide after they find it impossible to make ends meet. People sell their children or leave their homes and start begging due to abject poverty. However, most of the beggars in the city have adopted this as a profession, as it is an endless source of making easy money. Due to this reason, we see numerous young people, who are physically fit to work, begging on the streets. This profession has now become an industry headed by mafias, where men, women and children are recruited, trained and dropped at prime locations. These beggars, especially children, earn around Rs200-250 a day. They hand over their earnings to the mafia leaders, who keep a big chunk of their earnings and leaving a small amount for the children. The government and the citizens must work together to eliminate this menace from our society. The government should introduce schemes and train them with skills so they may work to earn their living. There should be strict laws to restrict beggary. The mafia should be strictly punished.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2019.