I would like to draw the attention of our local authorities to the increasing rise in the number of beggars in our city. Nowadays, the number of beggars has abruptly increased. Everywhere in the city, whether market, park or outside a restaurant or even in streets, you will find such obstinate beggars, who can’t be easily put off. The pity is that most of them are physically fit and are compulsive beggars. They have made it a profession.Some of them might be involved in committing petty crimes as well. Some of the beggars suffer from highly contagious diseases and while begging, they come in contact with general public. It is necessary that such cases be taken care of and be treated and the other hard-bodied beggars should be taken to task.MUHAMMAD SHADMAN,Karachi, February 17.