Socio-Demographic Profile And Health Problems of Beggars in An Urban Area
Dr Ravindra Balaram
The study was conducted on all beggars begging at Saibaba Temple located in Kalyan City, under Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Maharashtra. Total 113 (92 males and 21 females) beggars, were surveyed, clinically examined and
treated. Of these 113 beggars, 70.80% were illiterate while 29.20% were literate. Surprisingly, one male beggar was commerce graduate. One
female beggar had voter identity and ration card. 44.25% beggars were alcoholic.85.84% beggars were having their family either broken or
with problem. Of these 113 beggars, 110(97.35%) were having one or more health problems. Majority of them i.e. 81(71.68%) were suffering
from musculo-skeletal problems. Upper respiratory tract infections (20.91%), tuberculosis (07.08%) and leprosy (06.19%) were also seen
prominently among them.