Begging vocation thrives in Jammu.Byline: ANI
Jammu, Sep 3 (ANI): Begging seems to have become a thriving profession in Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir: see Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir
State (pop., 2001: 10,143,700), northern India. With an area of 39,146 sq mi (101,387 sq km), it occupies the southern portion of the Kashmir region of the northwestern Indian subcontinent and is .
Jammu is famous for several beautiful and famous temples. It is also the gateway to Vaishno Devi Vaishno Devi Mandir (Hindi: वैष्णोदेबी मन्दीर , a pilgrim centre visited by thousands of devout Hindus every day.
And during the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath lasting just over a month, Jammu is the transit point for thousands of pilgrims.
Jammu has become a lucrative haven for beggars of all ages, swarming in and around temples, market places, mosques, bus stands and railway station, soliciting generous alms from the public.
Although it is humane to help the needy
"I am from Delhi and here in Jammu from last five days. I have known Jammu as the city of temples but I find beggars wherever we go. Small children and women come to us begging for money in the name of god whenever we stop at the traffic signals. They stick to us and force to give them money," said Kuldeep, a tourist.
Most of the beggars adopt dubious modes to win the sympathy of the people like displaying fake injury (bandaged legs or hands), and even pretending to be dumb or blind.
"We came here to earn our living as there is no means of earning elsewhere. People give us food items, money and clothes. I earn around 40 to 50 rupees in a day," said a beggar BEGGAR. One who obtains his livelihood by asking alms. The laws of several of the states punish begging as an offence. .
On their part, the top brass of the police in Jammu is of the view that often these beggars take up to petty and also serious crimes and even become conduits of terrorists.
Swatantra Arora, District Superintendent District Superintendent may be:
They can also be exploited for some terrorist activities, so we have to keep an eye on to watch.
See also: Eye them. These beggars exploit the sentiments of the people to a large extent, especially women. They earn their livelihood through this profession of begging," Arora added. (ANI)
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