To combat the rising trend of professional begging in twin cities, authorities in Rawalpindi and Islamabad have implemented robust measures leading to legal actions against 67 beggars. Throughout December 2023, approximately 42 cases were registered, reflecting a determined effort to address the pervasive issue.
Professional Begging in Twin Cities
The initiative, spearheaded by the Islamabad Deputy Commissioner’s office, is not only aimed at reducing the prevalence of begging but also at encouraging alternative means of livelihood. After a meticulous investigation process, legal proceedings have been initiated against 67 individuals engaged in professional begging, marking a significant step in tackling this persistent social challenge.
Officials from the Ministry of Interior revealed that the cases are now in the hands of the competent jurisdiction, and the measures taken have resulted in a noticeable decline in begging activities across the twin cities. The goal is to redirect beggars towards more sustainable sources of income, emphasizing the importance of hard work and labor.
Government officials expressed optimism that these actions will contribute to efforts aimed at addressing inflation and poverty. The government is actively working to provide equal employment opportunities for all segments of society, fostering an environment where citizens can earn a living through legitimate means and reducing dependency on begging.
Areas identified as hotspots for professional begging include Saddar, Committee, Mureed and Chadni Chowks, Sixth Road, Pindora Chongi, Faizabad, Dhoak Kala Khan in Rawalpindi, and Aabpara, Melody Market, G-7, G-8, F-8, H-9, G-9 in Islamabad.
The deceptive tactics employed by beggars, including crocodile tears and fake disabilities, underscore the extent to which begging has become a pervasive business. The phenomenon is not limited to a specific age or gender, as women carrying infants and young men resort to begging to elicit sympathy from the public.
The Islamabad district administration authorities emphasize that concrete steps are being taken to discourage professional begging, with a focus on making the capital a more livable place for residents. As the authorities intensify their efforts, the legal actions taken against 67 individuals send a clear message. The decline in begging activities reflects the success of these measures in redirecting individuals towards more sustainable livelihoods.
The commitment to addressing poverty, inflation, and providing equal employment opportunities demonstrates a holistic approach to creating a society where begging is not a necessity. While the journey to eradicate professional begging is undoubtedly challenging, the twin cities aim to pave the way for a more self-sufficient and thriving community.