LAHORE – Beggars in good number have thronged the City to earn more money in the name of alms and charity; and groups of beggars comprising mostly women, children and the elderly can be seen in markets and shopping malls, and on traffic signals and streets, a survey conducted by TheNation reveals.

According to shoppers in markets, these beggars use strange tactics to gain their attention for getting money. “Beggary has now become a business as most of the general public believes that inability of authorities concerned to control beggars reflects that there is a strong mafia behind them,” said a motorist.

Despite police claims of having launched a crackdown on beggars during the holy month of Ramazan, beggars in the City have been irritating commuters and seizing mosques particularly on Fridays, seeking financial help.

Apart from shopping malls and traffic signals, groups of beggars can be seen in front of mosques, especially at the end of prayer timings. Some of them also offer prayers themselves and then, right at the end, seek attention of other Namazis and meet their objective through different methods.

A large number of young children can also be seen asking for money on almost all busy roads and traffic signals of the City. Some young boys holding a bottle of water and wiper rush to your car to wash the wind screen and then ask for money. Police have failed to stop them though they also create hindrance in running of smooth traffic.

The beggars use different tactics to win the sympathies of people. They usually throng shopping malls, public parks and traffic signals, which are the favourite places for them to make money. Several beggars have occupied main traffic signals mainly on The Mall, Jail Road, Ghari Shahu and other main arteries of the City.

The beggars are using different techniques to attract people and persuade them to give them money. They often come out with new stories to influence people to give them money.