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    RaviRaj (0) [2004-10-30 10:16]
    From the 'kind' of bangles she is wearing any Bengali can make out that she in not a widow. And do not think that a beggar any where in India is must be a poor person. He can be richer than you are. One of the top ones, begs on a railway station near Mumbai, own 2 apartments, one house in a suburb near Mumbai and earns about $700 per month (a good earning by Indian standards), all by begging. In his interview to a news paper he said it was so easy, no taxes, no licenses, no permissions etc. and you get so much sympathy. Its an organised crime here, supported by politicians and police and run by goons. Because they all get their share in time :) The following was published in the Week mag : " Did you know that a lame beggar who sits outside Marine Lines station (in Mumbai) owns two cabs? It should not come as a surprise when you realise that an 'average' beggar earns around Rs 300 every day. According to a recent study by the Social Development Centre, the number of beggars at traffic crossings is one lakh (a hundred thousand). The city shells out Rs 3 crore (30 million) a day by way of alms! So the next time you feel the urge to give alms to those hankering hands, think again! "
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