Pay me or I’ll scratch

Beggars of Lahore continue to exploit people’s sympathies towards the needy.

First, it was simple ask-for-money that then converted to begging with fake prescriptions and certificates for ‘proof’. And now, as this suggestion story by Detox reveals, begging is taking a scary, threatening turn…

“Pretending to be physically or mentally challenged doesn’t work well for the city’s beggars any more and many of them are resorting to a rather outrageous technique – threatening people, especially women, of scratching their cars or injuring themselves with safety razor blades.

One such incident took place in front of an ice cream parlour on The Mall on Saturday evening, when a teenaged boy asked two girls for money. When they refused, he took out a blade from his mouth, threatening them to scratch their car if they did not give him money. The girls were scared but refused to give him money. The boy then threatened them to hurt himself with the blade and scream that they had injured him if they did not give him money. When the girls refused, the boy began to slit his arm with the blade. The girls got scared, gave him money and hurried off, while the boy counted his income, which was Rs 450, and showed it to another beggar telling him that was the way to earn money.”

Full Story: Dailytimes

Story Suggestion by Detox
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6 Comments so far

  1. Saadu (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

    Thats insane!


  2. marium (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 12:49 am

    these people are criminals and deserved to be treated harshly. more disturbing are those gangs who kidnap young boys and girls, cut their organs and then force them to beg. we see dozens everyday at signals. this has been going on for years and nobody bothers to go after them the gangs reponsible for this


  3. Detox (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 1:02 am

    This is one of the core issues of our society that needs to be solved before anything else.

    Its realy shocking to see the surging number of these “professional beggars” in recent years and now they are coming up with “innovations”. I personaly always discourage beggars especialy children but at the same time I also see “aunties & uncles” (aunties in particular) giving them handsome amounts.. its them who need to be told about need to NOT encourage such “scam artists”.

    About the government’s stance on this issue..*sigh..they have always disappointed us ..I have no hopes in this reagrd.


  4. GadBud Singh (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 3:59 am

    I agree 100%.Beggary should be strictly discouraged in all its forms.But what other choice do the poors have in absence of an efficient state welfare system.”Bait-ul-maal” or Zakat funds rarely reach the “deserving”.I sometimes scratch my head n wonder
    “humara kya banay ga”.
    Bohat garmi hai bhayyay zara A/C tau chalana.


  5. Inspirex (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 8:29 am

    completely insane!!!
    i hope beggars in karachi arent reading this!!!


  6. iceCube (unregistered) on May 7th, 2006 @ 12:01 am

    What about the type that tries to sell you stuff you know is completely useless to you. When you don’t buy from them, they tell you they haven’t eaten in 3 days or have to buy medicine for their sick mother…

    Aren’t these people far more tricky in a different sense? They kind of put you in a moral dilemma. You can’t simply give them money (you don’t want to encourage them) but you can’t buy Rs. 2 newspapers or cheap plastic toys at every corner either…!!



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