Child Beggar’s Conundrums and What Do I Have to Do?

Child beggars are common in developing countries. What are the contemplations which run inside your brains when you see a homeless kid in the city? The thoughts could vary and it’s obvious, but there are a few common questions – “Why are they leading such life? Who are responsible?” There are two aspects to look at, and it’s hard to pass judgment on which is right.

Being a human being, we feel dismal, craving to help them. They might be orphans, or their parents are not physically fit enough to feed them and hence, they are forced to beg on the streets. It is also possible that they are lost, and their parents might have been searching for them for a few weeks or months. Is it their mistake? Don’t they have the right to live? Live like any other child in our society. Don’t they have the right to education and to go to school? Government can be doing enough, NGOs may be supporting enough kids, but there is a gap, and that’s why we still have child beggars on the streets. If you analyse and consider all these points, then giving away a few bucks may not make a huge difference in our lives, but it can bring a smile on their face. That may help them to afford sufficient meals for the day.

Human trafficking is not new in our society. This is another aspect of child beggar conundrum. We often hear and read about racquets which are forcing young kids to beg. You may have seen women carrying infants or toddlers along with a couple of teenagers, where these kids often approach you for money and their mother (or that woman) would be standing and looking at them from a distance. You may find that woman along with the kids at the same place every day, whenever you pass that street. Did you ever think that their mothers are possibly forcing them to beg and pushing them into begging as if it’s a business? Its easy for kids to extract the money from pedestrians on the footpath or from someone who is sitting in their car at red light signals.

Think about both aspects before you help a child beggar next time. Are you unintentionally encouraging child beggars by giving some money? Are you unknowingly supporting a human trafficking racquet? Are you helping an orphan kid who doesn’t have anyone to take care of him? Are you supporting someone who is hungry and badly needs a meal to survive? Ask yourself. Perhaps you have distinct answers at various circumstances, yet I leave these answers to you.

Your friend,
Subrat Saurabh

Author & Blogger

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