Hyderabad: According to authorities, two women among beggars who have been shifted to rehabilitation centers by the Hyderabad Police own properties in posh localities of the city. About 1,000 beggars in Hyderabad have so far been shifted to ashrams preceding the 3-day visit of Ivanka Trump to the city for a high-profile conference on entrepreneurship.
On November 11th, several women beggars were brought to Ananda Ashram at Cherlapally jail from a dargah at Langar Houz after begging was declared an offense by the police. As per the directive, beggars are banned from seeking alms on city roads for two months.
- Arjun Rao, Cherlapally jail superintendent and Ashram in-charge stated, “We have brought 133 women beggars to Ananda Ashram at Cherlapally jail. And all the male beggars have been shifted to a similar ashram at Chanchalguda jail.”
Adding, he said, “When we started enquiring about their background, we found two of them a little peculiar. They were arguing with our staff in fluent English and did not appear like beggars. Upon enquiry, we were shocked to know that they were, in fact, very rich and educated.”
One of the women, 50-year-old Farzona claims to hold a Postgraduate Degree in Business Administration and reportedly even worked as an accountant in London before she returned to India a few years ago. Her son is reportedly in the United States working as an architect. She reportedly owns an apartment in Anandbagh in Ameerpet. It is said she became mentally unstable after her husband passed away some time ago. She took to begging at the dargah which provides shelter to the psychologically disturbed following the suggestions of a godman.
After getting these details, the ashram contacted her son who was already in the city and looking for her. Police claim she was ‘hell-bent’ on continuing begging at the dargah so they handed her over to her son after taking an affidavit from him.
The second woman, 44-year-old Rabiya Baseera from Defence Colony at Langar Houz claimed she is a green card holder in the USA and was the owner of multiple properties in Hyderabad. She claimed that her properties in the city were usurped by her brothers. She said she lost her ‘mental peace’ after trying to get back her properties from her brothers. Following the advice of relatives, she came to the dargah and started begging.
Rabiya Baseera stayed at the ashram for a day after which she was handed over by the authorities to her relatives.
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