The main city of Kandy has today become a paradise for beggars in disguise who have been involved in various anti-social activities to collect money from various types of beggars and the general public. These beggars, who spend the night somewhere, invade the entire city of Kandy during the day. Beggars can be seen as men and women who can’t even imagine where they come from in the city.

Recently, a senior lawyer in Kandy was constantly investigating these beggars and money launderers in the city. The lawyer often travels around the city doing a special search on beggars and wanderers. Here he was able to uncover some amazing information.

Some even have vehicles Some beggars are not really beggars. They have children as well as family members who live in villages near the city

Are the owners of the house. Greedy for the large sums of money they receive on a daily basis, they stay on the sidewalks of the city and ask for money by touching various people who come to the city. The survey found that some people, non-beggars, earn between Rs. 3,000, Rs. 5,000 and sometimes up to Rs. 10,000 daily.

There are also a number of disabled people roaming the city streets collecting money. They also have caravans around them. There are also vehicles. Lunch is biryani or fried rice. They collect the occasional food parcels given to them by the public and subtly sell the food parcels (rice parcels) to others at prices ranging from Rs. 70 to Rs. 100. Some of those who come to get rice parcels from them are engaged in various labor professions or begging occupations in the city. Some other beggars also engage in various anti-social activities. But it is often seen that the sections responsible for investigating these are not active.

I eat biryani during the day Women, youths and adults who pretend to be some beggars board long-distance buses without any talk, pay them Rs. 20 / – and Rs. These people who board many buses earn Rs. 7-8,000 a day. Even though they earn so much daily, these people get on the buses every day and harass the passengers.

Others are involved in the incense trade. They board buses en masse and hand out leaflets to bus passengers, indicating that they are dumb. When people cheat them and give them a 100 rupee note, they give the passenger a box of incense sticks worth about 30 rupees. Two packets of incense sticks are also given to the bus when getting off the bus. The driver conductors (SLTB and private) are tricked into using two packets of incense sticks and allow beggars in disguise to collect money from passengers wearing dirty clothes that obstruct passengers and disobey any health safety advice. SLTB road inspectors or responsible officials will not take action to stop this. Another organized group (women) carrying fake medical documents (kidney patients, cancer patients and other patients) stays on all the streets of the city and collects money from the public. They all earn more than ten thousand rupees a day.

Police say they do not have time to take action to stop these illegal rackets. Some women keep small babies on the sidewalks and beg, and the children are severely abused and tortured. Some small children walk on the sidewalk crying. They also face dangerous situations. Some women who beg with small children earn huge sums of money. These women also have houses and the beggars who come to town in the morning go home in the evening.

In the evening some go home and find seven or eight thousand Others (old men and women) routinely come to the city and collect money by displaying various prescriptions and medicine bottles on the streets and telling various lies to the public. Although these people are not beggars, some of them collect Rs. 2000-3000 daily and go home.

It can be seen that some of the beggars who have taken over the pavement around the Kandy Lake go to the liquor stores on Colombo Street in the evenings, drink well and sleep on the pavement. Others spend the proceeds on drugs such as alcohol and marijuana, as well as on bookies in the city. Some other beggars buy lottery tickets 10 – 15.  The various swindlers and beggars in the city of Kandy are subtly deceiving the public and begging for money from them. A few others around the Temple of the Tooth come to worship at the Temple of the Tooth from a distance, making small flower pots out of very dirty pieces of cardboard (these are collected in drains and garbage bags) and placing flowers on the dirty cardboard vases for Rs. 30-50. Do.

The senior lawyer who revealed the information to us has been traveling around Kandy and observing the anti-social activities of some beggars. There are also cases where some beggars roam the public spaces and take advantage of the opportunity to steal public luggage and valuables. There are also truly helpless elderly mothers and fathers on the road.

Some beggars, including those who run the organized begging movement, are brought in vehicles and dumped in the city. Even blind people are unknowingly involved in this begging movement because of the meager amount of money they receive daily and their lunch. Most beggars drink arrack at lunchtime, half and eat a biryani meal. Some beggars as well as the public check the rice parcels and sell them to those who are engaged in small daily chores in the city.

Some pedestrians speak English and demand Rs. 20, Rs. 100 from people in cars parked on the side of the road. Some go to good-looking women and beg.

There are several other rackets going on in the city. It was also reported that some pregnant women who were beggars were involved in drug trafficking. The beggars and other people who roam the city daily from morning to evening, pretending to be disabled soldiers and some pretending to be cancer patients, are not real cancer patients. A crippled person who has never held a position in the military or the police.

A junior employee of the Kandy Government Hospital also travels around the city every morning or evening every day collecting Rs. 20 / – each. She asks the public to give her twenty rupees. The public has also complained to the hospital authorities about the woman.

This begging problem in Kandy has become a headache for the people. The senior lawyer (who did not want to be named) said that investigations into the beggars’ activities revealed that most of the beggars were children, employed, and even owned vehicles.

Among these beggars are women and the elderly who fall on the streets unable to find even a very basic daily meal. It is also difficult for them to get even a small amount of money from the public due to the begging mafia in Kandy.

(It is clear that even though it is the duty of the police to prevent child begging under the existing Child Protection Act, it is not being done.)

J. that. L. Jayasinghe