Problem of begging

Through the column of your esteemed paper, I want to invite the attention of the district authorities towards the problem of begging in our town. Recently the number of beggars in our town has increased manifold. They pursue you like the shadow. Even hale and hearty people have taken to begging. Small boys and children have caught the infection. Perhaps they are made to beg by their guardians. The beggars gather at places frequented by the people. The bus stands, market places, post offices, railway stations and mosques are their favourite haunt. It is impossible to move about to these places peacefully. If you show generosity and open you purse , you are surrounded by host of them. Some child lifter, in the guise of beggars, are in the lookout for abducting children. Two or three cases of this kind have occurred recently and the culprits have been caught red handed. The female beggars enter the house quietly, without calling out for alms at the door. If they are not noticed by the inmates, they run away with whatever they can lay hands on. They act as informer to the burglars who break into houses at night. A prompt action on the part of the Government is required to check this social evil.
FOUZIA FATIMA
Karachi

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