Everyone has their own way of treating beggars on the streets,trains and buses.Many people ignore them in the belief that any monetary donation would be spent on booze,fags or drugs.It gets even harder to ignore the beggars when they try to exploit our concern for children and babies by sitting down with a child/baby in their arms.We don't like ignoring them,we don't like giving them cash.So,we are the team, which is trying to help beggars & needy persons by digital media. We are the medium of provide help to beggars and helpless people.We are helping by clothes, books, food, shelter and medicine.
Child beggars can be seen in every city and town in India. There are an estimated 300,000 child beggars in India, although some organizations claim them to be one million. Every year, 44,000 children fall into the clutches of the gangs. (Child Beggars, 2013) Some children are victims of dangerous beggar mafias and gangs, which abduct children, cut off their limbs and blind them, and then use them for begging. They become victims of forced beggary racket. The gang keeps a check on child beggars so that they could not steal the money. If children are found doing so they are beaten. For some, bonded beggary is the cost they pay after running away from their native land. But for others, it is the last choice to avoid a threat to be made a prostitute or served before any pedophile. (Datta, 2013) Sedated infants are used by women to beg. (Balaganessin, 2012) Many child beggars are addicted to solvents, alcohol and charras (hashish often laced with opium). This helps the children to forget where they are and it also helps the gang masters to keep them under control.
Maimed child beggars are terrified of speaking out. They say their limbs just disappeared or were damaged in an accident. The beggar mafias make more than £20 million a year, and this kind of money and power ensures that complaints to the police don't get anywhere as gang masters bribe their way to immunity. (Child Beggars, 2013) However many children beg because their parents and guardians send them out to beg, or simply because they do not or cannot feed them such as single homeless mothers, parents addicted to substances or very ill or disabled or poor, or when children have no responsible adult protection. Some guardians take away all the money in exchange of food. Child beggars spent a lot of time on streets which are cruel and hazardous. (Pachauri, 1999, 100)
These children face poverty, loneliness, sexual and physical abuse. They lack love, affection and security and some die while some others grow up to be social misfits and criminals. Those who come in contact with caring people or NGO's respond positively to the empathy. (Dabir and Athale, 2011, 92) Not many studies exist on beggars or child beggars in India. Our Beggar Problem by Tata Institute of Social Sciences 1945; The Beggar Problem in Metropolitan Delhi by Delhi School of Social Work 1959 are significant.
Some studies have been conducted on street children in Indian cities of Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Indore, Bangalore, Madras, Hyderabad and Kanpur. These studies have focused on street children and not specifically on beggar children. (Pandey, 1993, 33) These studies did not found many child beggars. A study done by Delhi School of Social Work in 1959 found that 73.5 % of the beggars were between 15 to 55 years of age. (Gore, 1959, 27) In another study done on street children in Kanpur only 1.5 percent of street children were found to be beggars. (Pandey, 1993, 162) In the study done on street children in Bangalore only 2.29% of the street children were found to be beggars. (Reddy, 1992, 87) However in another study done on street children in Indore eleven percent of the street children were found to be beggars. In the same study it was found that the child beggars earned about Rs 6.86 every day. The study also showed that 5.4 % parents of street children were also beggars. Same study showed that 11 % friends of street children were beggars. (Phillips, 1992, 36, 40, 77,82).