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Begging in India: A Menace to the Society

Published on: August 10, 2014 | Updated on: October 15, 2015

Problem of Begging in India

The moment you stop your car at the traffic red light, you see a dirty looking woman with a child in her arm come running to you or a little boy with running nose banging your car window or a handicapped old man asking for alms. This is a common sight in India. You will find many of these people in the railway stations, metro stations, tourist spots, in temples and in many areas where there is a regular crowd. At times, out of sheer pity or out of fear from being cursed by God or out of irritation, we tend to give them some coins or money and  shoo them away.

Begging in India for Poverty

Begging is one of the most serious social issues in India. In spite of its rapid economic growth, India is a poverty-driven country, which is also leading to the growth of beggars in the country. Most of them come from Bangladesh and some of them are from India. There are few beggars in the country who actually are the real ones, who beg because they are handicapped, because of their inability to work or because they are old or blind or because they really need money for basic needs. There are many others who live far below the poverty line and opt for begging to earn their livelihood.

In some cases, we find the entire family is involved in begging. The family members keep on increasing with marriage and birth and each of them gets into begging on streets or temples. Children of such families do not go to school but only beg. They have to do begging because their family’s income is not enough to feed the entire family in a day. Here, poverty is one big reason for such a situation. But at the same time, begging is not the solution for such a situation.

Begging in India as a scam

But poverty is just one side of the story. Poverty is real in India but not begging. Begging in India has become a big racket in the country. For many, begging is just like any other profession. They go out to earn money, not by working, but by begging. In fact, there are begging gangs in cities like Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Kolkata etc. These gangs have their own gang leaders. Each leader allots a particular territory for a group of beggars and the day’s earnings are shared among them. The gang leader keeps the larger share. These beggars are so involved in begging that they don’t want to work elsewhere. It’s strange but true that some of these beggars earn in thousands and lakhs, much more than a normal middle class worker.

It is very difficult to find out who is a real beggar and who is not because looks are very deceptive. Even the children with their dirty faces with pleading looks are properly trained to beg and look real. Sometimes our heart melts when we see a young woman holding her tiny baby, begging on the streets. In most cases, the baby is found sleeping. This is a scam. Many sting operations have revealed that babies are rented to give credibility to begging. Sometimes, babies are drugged for the entire day so that they look sick and they can be easily carried from one area to another by the young women beggars.

The beggars are trained to become very persistent while begging that you are bound to give them money. This is especially true for foreigners when they do not know how to react in such situations and ultimately give money to the beggars. Some of the young beggars also become anti-social elements of the country. They get into drugs. To buy drugs, they start with begging first, then slowly graduate to pick pocketing and then move on to bigger scams like robbing and killing.

What should we do?

Begging has grown at a significant rate in India. It is estimated that half a million people in India are beggars. The government, varied organizations, activists claim that many measures have been taken to abolish begging and it has been successful to a certain extent. But the trend of begging still continues. We are also to be blamed. We as Indians are very orthodox, God-fearing and have a religious frame of mind. This compels us to do charity. And one easy way is to visit a nearby temple and give alms to the beggars there.

But as the citizens of this country, it is our moral responsibility to stop this menace and the best way is to stop giving alms. It might seem that we are very heartless in not giving money to a little child begging on the street, but this is one step that we can take to prevent begging. If more and more people come out and take a pledge that they are not going to give a single penny to any beggar, irrespective of their need, I am sure, beggary will then be completely uprooted from our country. Meanwhile, let the government continue with its poverty alleviation schemes and make India a better place to live in.

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Its a very nice article with relevant facts and informations.General People are needed to be aware of this issue because its a rising social problem in our society at present.


Nice article. Atchayam trust ( we) are from south and doing good for beggars rehabilitation and awareness. Such a difficult for canvass the destitute people/beggar. In India, there is a more care about richer. But still we did not have any proper scheme for beggars.. We are making awareness to people about fraud beggar/rich beggars… A way forward help the beggar such as differently-abled people, elder ,child. Don’t give alms to beggar. Always serve a food , job offer to them,if its possible.. Takecare about human mankind and love equally to all. Kindly, notify me,if new artcile or report released regading beggars…


Plzz don’t give any single rupees to beggar people because hundreds of infants are abducted daily for this begging business …it’s very flourishing business and it also encourage the poverty of India.if u feel they are hungry then u can feed them but don’t give money.if u give them u encourage them………………….so save child life don’t give money ……its my humble request to all of you

navkriti foundation October 2, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Say No to beggars:
put an end to this “Begging with Baby” business.
Put an end to child abduction and abuse.
As soon as you halt your car at a signal in Delhi-NCR, you notice semi clad children and women carrying infants come knocking at the window glass begging for money. Out of sympathy you give them money thinking you are helping a mother feed her child. But the reality is beyond your imagination.
1. Hundreds of infants are abducted daily for this begging business….yes it’s a flourishing ‘Business’.
2. Many children are mutilated and disabled for life to evoke mercy from onlookers.
3. Almost all these children are drugged and incapacitated before taking out on business.
4. A real mother would refrain from taking her child out in harsh weather conditions to beg for alms. Hence most of these infants are rented on a daily basis.
5. Not even a single penny of what you give reaches the helpless children.
Say no to beggars: Give life & not money
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Navkriti Foundation


BRILLIANT article ,
Simple language , good ideas and facts and helped me greatly


We need beggar’s free India


begging is the most acute problem of India .


I agree with this topic. Begging is realy a big scam. Stop begging is realy a tuff task by telling peoples to come ahead and stop giving alms, but i’m trying my best to abolish them.


I love this org.. Seriously, yarukume aduthavangala ninnu paaka neram illama pona kalathula, jzt atlst cal pannunga podhum’nu solli irukeenga…:-)


It is really a thinking topic.I will also try my best to abolish begging.With your views.


Very helpful in my project. Exactly not my project but my home work in English. Thank u fr helping me . I am sure that I am going to follow ur advice.


    Awesome article. I appreciate the author/writer.youth/teens…….we should do some thing to stop this………….


★This article is expressed so well that after reading this, my perception is totally changed..I really appreciate you writer…and I request everybody to just circulate this on every social site among your friends and all so that we can change our society…we are india’s youth……..Yes we have to do something for our country….. We will do… :》

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