Unfortunately in our country giving alms is believed a part of religion. The most painful thing is that most of these beggars are fit and healthy.

They can do manual labor easily. But they find it easier to live on other people’s hard earned money. This easy money, they earn, they spend on drinking and gambling. Then the tragedy is that these beggars encourage even their children to beg. Thus this so called charity leads to so many vices.

The need of the hour is that this social evil must be put to an end. Healthy beggars should be made to work. The disabled, the crippled and the blind beggars however should be given opportunities to rehabilitate.

They should be kept in suitable houses outside the city where they should be trained and taught the skills to earn a living.

Not only should begging be declared illegal by an act of parliament, the public opinion should also be moulded against it. Those who give alms to the strong and healthy men women and children disguised as beggars should be punished.

GHAZAL JADOON,

Rawalpindi, December 12.