Beggars in India
Consciously mutilated beggars in India
In India every year thousands of children are mutilated. They get injections with bleach in their leg joints, so infections arise and their leg needs to be amputated. Or their eyes are outstretched.
Then they are forced to beg, 15 or 16 hours per day. The revenu is for their torturers, organised gangs who have specialized in mutilating and exploiting defenceless children.
Visibly deformed children cry pity and sympathy and they are lucrative beggars. Mostly Western tourists appear to be sensitive to those children and give generously. Tourism is one of the main causes of the growth of this horrible practice.
Fear and submissiveness
The begging children are kidnapped as a baby or toddler, orbought under false promises from impoverished parents. Then they are mutilated by their "owners". Usually by the gang leaders themselves, possibly with the help of corrupt doctors.
Once the wounds have healed somewhat, the crippled child is sent into the streets. Anyone who resists is abused. Especially the threat of further mutilation raises enormous fear and submissiveness. The children beg, therefore, seven days a week, especially in places that attracts many tourists. Daytime at hotels, souvenir shops and tourist attractions. Night time at expensive restaurants and nightclubs. Although tens of thousands of children have to bear this terrible fate, there is rarely a perpetrator arrested
Search for new victims
The gangs who exploit these children are well organized and often have nothing to fear from the local government. Their activities are highly lucrative, and the gang leaders therefore have many brokers who search the land for new children.
Meanwhile, the gang leaders present themselves preferably as "benefactors" who have taking responsibility to take care for disabled children. Who supply food, drink and shelter to needy orphans.
What can you do to help Indian child beggars?
Do not give money
On the advice of well-established local organizations, we recommend that Dutch tourists in India and Bangladesh don't give any money to deformed child beggars. The children don't see in return because they have to hand over every penny.
Only by making these practices no longer profitable, we can try to save thousands of new children for mutilation.