A study of 3526 beggars conducted by Delhi university found four had university degrees while 6 had completed college. They are now begging around traffic junctions because they could not find suitable jobs. The study said there were 58.000 beggars in the capital but NGOs put the figure at around 75.000.
Several beggars earn up to Rs 500 a day ( 7 euros, US$ 9), higher than what many white-collars workers make. Many says they don’t plan to take up regular jobs. And that’s not all. As many as 355 have their own house and cycle or take public transport to reach their begging spots.