beggars mar mukao campaign

Child protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) with the help of City District Government arrested around 80 beggars including 33 children. Those arrested have been locked up in the police stations of Gulberg, Qilla Gujjar Singh and Race Course.

Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab and Chairperson CPWB Dr Faiza Asghar said Child protection and Welfare Bureau and City District Government would defeat the mafia behind the child and adult beggary. She vowed to conduct such operations until the streets are cleared from the menace. Dr Faiza said that more than 1600 child beggars have been removed from the streets in the past ten months.

Source: Daily Times

Ok, all this sounds very nice and like wow great but I didn’t notice any change whatsoever when I was coming back home from work today. I saw same beggars at signals as usual. I hope govt has a well thought plan for the children they are putting in lockups. What will happen to them in lockups and afterwards? And why not going after those bloody gangs who put these children on streets in first place? We never hear any of these gangs being arrested or anything.

Everybody deserves a chance to live a decent life. Unless we address the root cause of this social issue, just putting people in lockers and vowing in front of press is not going to change anything. I just hope they know what they are doing.

2 Comments so far

  1. ammar (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 9:02 am

    the kids dont go into lock up, they go into either vocational or educational institutes for training so they dont have to beg again. The problem with the gangs is that they earn loads of money and they know how to spread that money.
    Ive spent some time with people who go ask for votes, and its sad that its people like us, the middle class, the educated class who don’t go out and vote. Hence when political figures know that the votes and the money that they need to buy/get/adverise for those votes are going to come from shady people, they are hesitant to act against them.
    I await a post screaming against the ineffective electoral process we have. But believe me that is NOT always true, the first step is always to try and get legitimate votes.

  2. dsouzal (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

    They arrested children? Why? 99% of the time it’s not even there fault. Punjab government should take these kids and put them into schools ad then have them adopted by REAL good parents for a change.

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