From begging to digital begging- A nuisance for society.


Once the begging was just confined to poor segments of society. Now, an easy way of living, just begging and doing nothing.

The tech age has ornamented it with devices to begin digital way of panhandling with innovative ideas of mendicancy.

According to numbers there are more than 25 million beggars in Pakistan and the twin cities were no exception.

A reasonable amount of beggars prefer begging in the federal capital.

It is observed that professional beggary is a curse rather than compulsion due to basic necessities of life.

Moreover, it is not easy to escape these beggars without fulfilling their demand. They know many tricks to melt a tougher heart as well as a woman.

A woman, Javeria Manzoor who came for shopping at one of the busiest markets of Islamabad while talking to reporter said that the swarms of beggars were a nuisance for the people as they would not let any body go without attending them.

Besides, internet or digital begging is the modern practice of asking people to donate money to others via internet rather than in person.

It is usually targeted at people who are familiar with the beggar but it may be advertised to strangers also. It encompasses requests for help to meet the basic needs of life, shelter and medical care.

A woman Yasmin Khan in this regard said, "Of and on I receive the messages with the request, please send me the balance of Rs 50 or 100 I will pray for you." "such requests are heart melting you know," she added.

In the past, the profession of begging whether manual or digital was adopted by homeless and helpless segments of the society who were unable to earn their livelihood. But now this is being done in a more organised way.

Imploring others for any grant of favor in the form of money or gift stands an old profession in the human history as equality among humans, yet a dream of the world. Pakistan being developing country is facing street begging at an alarming level.

The country is suffering from poverty which has forced many youngsters to leave their homes and start begging in the streets. It is strange that a street beggar is earning handsomely than a...

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