We shower empathy, mutter our sympathy, drop in a coin or two and go on with our lives. Sometimes we turn our heads and look away as if they don’t exist. They call out to you and yet we don’t care to look that way.
Beggars. They are treated as different beings and are looked at with different emotions.To many of us beggars are poor beings who beg to fill their stomach. Not any more.
The recent India Today article talks about beggars who make more than 200Rs a day. That’s more than what a clerk at a government office make. Way too more than what a daily laborer who work at construction sites make.The story explains about a beggar who has 250000 bank balance and has no plans to quit this profession.
Many of the beggars who live on streets have a background of abuse, poverty, drug addiction or lawlessness. Many have a choice of approaching NGO’s and taking shelter. But they don’t.Many don’t want to quit because the offers they get from NGO’s is less exciting as what they have in hand now. Some feel like shelters are like Jail and they can’t enjoy the freedom they get on streets at shelters. To many the streets are their home.
Read the article on India Today here : India Today Article