Poverty raises and the people of Bihar start a school to teach ‘Art of Begging’. Situated in Bhains Diara area of Barari division of Katihar district in Bihar, this school has more 50 students from poor families. The majority are girl students from the age group 10-12 years.
The educational practices include reciting of the lines- “Allah ke naam pr de de baba, Bhagwan ke naam par de de maai.” They are taught the skill of gaining sympathy through narrating lines like- “I am an orphan, I haven’t eaten from the past two days.”
Post this school training, students are seen begging at railway stations. According to the media reports, “While begging in all of six trains that travel between Katihar junction and Kadagola station, their daily earning comes to around Rs 150.”
On asking about the reason behind such schooling, 70-year-old trainer Mehboob Alam, responded with another question, “Residents of the village do not have access to basic facilities like electricity, water, roads, health and school. The parents are helpless. If the poor kids will not beg then what will they eat?”