Today morning while I was on my way to office, my CAB stopped in one of the traffic junctions here in Bangalore. I saw a woman carrying a baby begging at the traffic stop, going to every car & begging for money. During this I noticed, she was pinching the baby from behind to make it cry to gain sympathy from people there. I just asked why she was pinching the baby. She gave me a straight answer that if baby is smiling, no one will give money. I ot wild with that statement & warned her I would give a complaint to a police station nearby. Another man from a neighbouring car in the signal supported me & started scolding the woman. She suddenly left the baby on foot path & ran away from the site. Another man came running from somewhere, god knows from where he appeared, he took the baby & ran. When I asked the traffic police, he said they are all in a team & baby is usually not their’s & they hire baby on daily rental basis, god knows from where. The cop said, there is a big network of such beggars & has become impossible to stop such acts.
However, I just made a quick announcement to the crowd there to no entertain such beggars by lending money which will encourage them to continue.
And to all bloggers here too, my request is do not lend any money when you see such beggars with baby on their backs. I feel it is a real insane rutheless act of begging. Lend money for physically disabled beggars who just sit around corner & beg because they are the ones who really need help.