Unbelievable But True: There are Millionaire Beggars in Sindh

The days of spotting a hackney chariot and feeling sorry for the driver are over.

In Larkana, Sindh, there are some beggars who possess better means of transport now — even motorbikes and mini-jeeps! Remarkable as it is, these ‘millionaire beggars’ have made a killing by begging for their alms.

And here’s how.

All-Profit Business

In Larkana, hundreds of people have established this remarkable source of income. A roughly dressed man with paid escorts will beg landowners for ‘harvest’. These men claim that they are ‘Syeds’, direct descendants of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

These individuals usually approach rural landowners in this area of Sindh and often ‘blackmail’ them into paying their dues.

A resident of Boohar village describes the incredulous demand:

“What can we do? He calls himself a Syed so we give him [donations] in the name of the descendants of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).”

Other beggars will simply declare to be in need, and drive off with bags of rice on freshly painted tractors. Locals believe these grains are tossed into storage units and later sold at full price.

Iqbal Detho, a civil society activist, explains how this vagrancy has become an organized business. Not all beg out of poverty — most of them belong to structured gangs.

Begging and the Law

Laws appear to have no influence on the determination of this all-profit business. The Children’s Act of 1955 prohibits child vagabonds from roaming around on streets.

Under the section 7(1) of the Vagrancy Act 1958, police officials can arrest unsuspecting beggars without warrant.

These people are unafraid. One of them even held an interview with a local news source.

A millionaire beggar, Hasan Manghanhar says hes confident in his profession. He declares he received the business as inheritance. The young man used to work in the city for daily wages of up to fifteen hundred rupees, but begging is much more profitable. Hasan’s extended family have become millionaires out of it, and he doesn’t want them to stop.

Once you start, it’s very difficult to give up.

Via Tribune

  • This piece of you-know-what is acting all high and mighty about his so called ‘profession’.

    I remember reading about the time when Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and other scholars roamed this very subcontinent and whenever they’ll see some beggar in the streets, they’ll publicly humiliate him and would not give him any alms.

    Our society has become ‘dead’ for the lack of a better word.

    This Hasan Manghanhar and his family should be fined or jailed or publicly shamed in the streets for this practice and no doubt there is whole mafia behind this now who trains the little kids for this activity.

    Only a planned organized police operation can curb it but meh nobody cares.

    It usually boils my nerves when I see a young man/woman begging while on the other hand, same-age people are picking the trash ‘we’ throw behind to earn their living. We are also to be blamed.

    • You are absolutely right. These beggars are a menace to society and the national treasury.. Because of such professional beggars the real deserving “safaid posh” people are left out and dont receive the necessary aid.

  • No original stuff on propak. I just finished reading this article on express tribune and same is pasted here. Your work has now been none other than the copy pasting.

    • +1 for this, we can easily tell which article extract from which website. This practice will lead them to declination of business one day, since they seems like just want more dollars instead of more traffic. And as we all know, laluch buri bala hai :D

  • Jab tak bhutto Zinda hai aur PPP k jalson main awaam dance karti rhy gi, ye beggers janam lety rhyn gy.

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