Let us not encourage the professional beggarsFrom whatever reports appear in the local vernacular press, the moment we see a small child begging in front of our cars, the best that we could possibly do, is to inform the police. This child might as well be a child taken away from parents, when the child was hardly three years old, and sold off to a professional gang of beggars, who have perfected the art of begging and using such small children to get into the trade.
In Chennai or Bangalore, it is quite common to see such children begging. We should use our influence with the police to enable these children to be set free, and possibly re-unite with their parents.
In the bus stations, it is common to find such professional beggars come up with a small child, tugged carefully in their waist and they would continuously tell us their sob stories of how the child has not eaten anything for four days. Our heart would melt, and we would give ten rupees. A little far away from us, she would do it again.
One is told that these are the organized gangs, and the child is possibly stolen from somewhere too.
We need to totally discourage such professional beggars and organize a movement to put an end to this menace.