My terrible experience with beggarsI am from a small town of Uttarakhand where people are simple and when somebody comes to their door, especially begging in the name God, they help them to an extent whatever they can If they find them genuinely needy and these beggers also goes away as soon as they get some food and money.
But when I came to Delhi I saw a different kind of beggars. You feel compassionate towards them at first look. But when you help them with food or money they come swarm around you like insects and start blackmailing you. Even if you have given them some money they will ask for more, especially the small children. Even today I saw a group of ladies coming behind me begging in the name of God saying "gudiya sun to lo, hum Ajmer Shareef ja rahe hai. Dargah mein chadar chadane keliye kuch to dan dedo" (We are going to the Ajmer Shareef. Please help us to offer a shawl at the Dargah) and they looked terrible. I was going to drink juice and had a change of Rs 30 in my hand. I placed Rs 20 on her chadar but then she began to follow me asking for a 100 Rs note. This kind of situation is fearful and embarrassing at the same time.
In Delhi, you will find children begging everywhere though they have got access to free food because they and their parents have got habituated of begging through which they can eat delicacies by sitting nearby hotels, colleges, Temple premises.
I never hated beggars more till today when I realised that people have really made it into a profession for earning. The leech out money from honest hard workers. These people don't do anything even if provided with opportunities for work.
Have you ever experienced something like this when you realised that begging is a menace? And did your compassion turn into anger?