Now Reading: Rawalpindi Police Arrests 1,269 professional beggars, 60% ‘Healthy and Fit’
On the orders of Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rawalpindi Rai Mazhar Iqbal, the City Traffic Police (CTP) Rawalpindi have intensified their ongoing campaign against professional beggars, with 1269 being apprehended on city roads in February.
In an interview with a media outlet, CTP – the Incharge of the Anti-Begging Squad – urged citizens to play a role in discouraging professional beggars. He added that the CTP had also filed a large number of FIRs against beggars caught in various areas at various police stations. He claimed that during the previous month, the squad launched a massive operation that resulted in the arrest of over 1269 people.
The CTP was attempting to eradicate begging from city streets, and in the process, professional beggars were being detained. He added that nearly 80% of the beggars roaming the city are professional. He stated that 60% of beggars caught on city streets were healthy and fit, while only 20% were disabled and 20% were drug addicts.
A large number of beggars are brought to Rawalpindi through contractors from Southern Punjab, KPK, Sindh, and other far-flung areas of the country, he said, adding that the CTP had launched a major operation against professional beggars and was taking legal action.
Hundreds of begging children were apprehended on city streets and handed over to the Child Protection Bureau (CPB). The CTP’s anti-begging squad and the Rawalpindi district police conducted raids on various roads and intersections.
He also said that the squad had been given orders to register cases against beggars, and that the report in this regard should be sent to the CTO office on a daily basis. Professional beggars has become a social nuisance everywhere, making beggary a social threat. He added that the CTP was working to catch professional beggars and their handlers in order to combat the begging mafia’s threat.
In response to a question, he stated that the real deserving poor people are deprived as a result of these professionals, and that citizens should play a role in discouraging those who are not deserving and begging is their profession.
All this is very necessary because as the CTP said, ‘professional begging’ is a social curse due to its nature of depriving the deserving of their due rights. Not only does it create problems for the needy, but also puts doubts in the minds of the donators on whether their money is being used on the right people. The steps taken against it are truly exceptional and more should be done in this regard as well!