ISLAMABAD: Taking advantage of the Holy month of Ramazan, a number of beggars have rushed to busy shopping centers and streets in the Federal Capital to collect alms from the people without any check by the authorities concerned.
“A large number of beggars including especially women holding minor children in the lap are seen roaming to collect alms at different places including road signals, markets, mosques and streets of various sectors.” said Muhammad Sharif a resident of G-6 here on Sunday.
Beggars aged between 10 to 70 years including children, women and old age persons are involved in this un-healthy practice who sometimes involve in small crimes. They try to take advantage of the Holy month of Ramazan as people are more willing to give charity.
Humaira Shahid, a resident of G-9 Sector informed that in some sectors these beggars reach in early morning and then ask for alms from the residents in loud voice.
She said that these beggars not only create problems for the people of various residential sectors but also threaten the security.
A motorist, Rehan Ghauri observed that professional beggars deploy their children at big traffic signals and markets to mint money from motorists.
A number of beggars can be seen at Faizabad, Pirwadahi, G?9 Bust stand, I?8 interchange and various busy roads.
When contacted, an official of Aabpara police station informed that strict against is taken against these beggars in accordance with the law.
He said regular crackdowns are conducted to arrest beggars under anti-beggary act but they return to streets and markets when they are freed.
He said that children beggars are shifted to rehabilitation centres while the professional beggars arrested under beggary act are sent for judicial proceeding against them and sent to Adyala Jail.