Nowadays beggars have increased their groups in Goa and many a time have seen irritating locals for money. Police have failed to establish their locations but this huge gang of baggers is found living in Curchorem. As reported by the daily Heraldo it has been three years now that almost 150 beggars have been residing in Moraylem, Curchorem. The whole day they beg in the towns and then live in a rail to Margao and Vasco. Let’s read this exclusive story how these baggers are surviving here for long time now without anyone’s notice.
[su_expand more_text=”READ MORE” less_text=” ” height=”0″ hide_less=”yes” link_style=”button” link_align=”center”] The group of baggers seen existed behind the Geetanjali building in Moraylem for nearly three years. The locals demand to find out in this matter like to check the children and drive the entire ghetto of beggars away is gaining speed now. As per the locals informed there is no proper information of who owns this land but it may belongs to Goan who have preferred to settle abroad and do not actually come down to visit the state.
The most amusing thing is that even the Goa police have no clue, from where these baggers have come and about their origin. It was in the beginning that a group of four to five camps with an equal number of families lived in this space. But, later there came more families and now there are over 20 families of the beggars living on this piece of land.
The everyday schedule of these people is to either pick their minor children, may be of even seven or eight months old, and venture into the Curchorem market and beg, or else catch a train and head to Vasco or Margao to beg. The women and children from this ghetto are almost seen every day at around 7.30pm in the Vasco-Culem train which has become their daily routine now.
Curchorkars have now demanded an in-depth inquiry into the matter and the operation of these women leaders of the beggars.
These women are seen roaming around the towns of Margao and Vasco with young children in their arms. Girls too of the age 15 and 16 carry kids and go begging around the town. Women beg to ask for the sake of the child they carry when many a times the facial features and ages of the women and children do not match.
There are some men too living in the huts with many other unidentified persons seen visiting this place daily. There is nobody to keep an eye on these people going in and out of this ghetto. According to residents, before these huts turn into permanent structures, they have to be removed.
As per the available information these women are from Gadag, Karnataka, and some are from the Lamani community who are only involved into begging and no other activity. Ashu Naik from Curchorem said, “Before these men in the huts become vote banks for politicians, there has to be strict action against them,”
Women in this group are in the age group of 20 to 45 and the girls are under the age of 12 to 15 years. The elderly woman from the group can be seen roaming with photos of gods and goddesses near the Kadamba bus stand in Curchorem and near the petrol pump. These people on Saturdays and Sundays, calling themselves as astrologers extort money by spelling out their futures to them.
A nullah constructed by the Curchorem municipality has become a toilet for these people. There is no record kept from Health Department or health officer nor an eye kept on this menace.
Same like these ghettos, there were several more such hutments near the Curchorem municipality and near the Shivaji Chowk, which have been rehabilitated automatically. Now, musical instrument sellers and bamboo product sellers have occupied the stay near Shivaji Chowk.