Beggars

Top 10 Scams of India

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A common beggar tactic is congregate around a popular tourist area. .

such a Paharganj in Delhi, or Mcleod Ganj in Dharamsala or Shutter St in Calcutta, various

locations in Goa etc. More tourist more beggars.  Female beggars for female tourists. In India

many of the beggars are control by a mafia that may even maim a beggar so they can get high

donations. (Yes this was written before slum dogs came out) You often see women carrying a baby

asking tourists to buy them milk etc. Avoid giving to beggars that target tourist. If you want

to donate, give to a local temple instead. Temples in India, in my experience, do some of the

best and most effective community service work. Such as the Sikh Gurdwara, they supply million

of free vegetarian meals across India every day! Now that's a real charity.


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