Koregaon Park residents demand action against beggars who are harassing them and vandalizing their property

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Residents of Koregaon Park, Pune, are facing constant harassment from beggars who roam the streets. The situation has become unbearable, and despite repeated complaints to the authorities, no concrete action has been taken to address the issue.

The beggars in the area have resorted to aggressive tactics, including scratching cars with metal screws, touching two-wheeler riders (especially women), climbing onto cars, running behind vehicles, throwing stones at homes, and even urinating in front of people’s residences. This kind of behavior not only creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation but also poses a significant threat to the safety and wellbeing of the residents, especially women and children.

As citizens of India, we have the fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution, which includes the right to live with dignity and security. However, it seems that the government authorities are turning a blind eye to our plight, leaving us vulnerable to these criminal elements. The lack of action from the authorities has emboldened these beggars, making them more brazen in their activities.

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It is disheartening to see that the residents, particularly women, no longer feel safe driving around the area. They are constantly subjected to lewd comments, inappropriate gestures, and even physical contact. This is unacceptable and goes against everything that our society stands for. We pay taxes, follow rules, and contribute positively to society, yet we are forced to endure such treatment. Is this what we deserve for being law-abiding citizens?

The presence of beggars in our area has escalated to a point where their behavior has become a grave concern.

Community Concerns:

  • Vandalism: Beggars have been observed scratching cars with metal screws, causing significant damage to residents’ vehicles. This has led to financial losses and immense frustration.
  • Harassment of Women: Beggars have made female two-wheeler riders the target of inappropriate and intrusive behavior, causing immense distress and fear among women in the neighborhood.
  • Disruption of Peace: They often climb on cars, run behind vehicles, throw stones at houses, and openly urinate in public spaces, creating an environment of chaos and discomfort.
  • Safety Threat: The situation has reached a point where residents, especially girls and ladies, no longer feel safe driving or walking around in Koregaon Park, significantly impacting their quality of life.
  • Police Inaction: Repeated complaints have been filed with the police, but regrettably, no substantial action has been taken to address the issue. This has left residents feeling frustrated and abandoned.
  • Constitutional Rights: The right to live peacefully, as enshrined in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, is being violated, and it is disheartening to witness the lack of government intervention to protect the residents.

Disadvantages of Beggars Roaming Freely:

  • Public Safety: Beggars roaming freely pose a direct threat to the safety and well-being of residents, particularly women and children.
  • Property Damage: Vandalism of cars and homes results in financial losses for residents and diminishes the value of their properties.
  • Decline in Quality of Life: The persistent harassment and disruption of peace have led to a decline in the overall quality of life for residents.

Residents’ Demands:

  • Increased patrolling in the area.
  • Strict penalties for those engaging in such harassment.
  • A comprehensive plan to rehabilitate these beggars so they can lead a dignified life without resorting to such antisocial behavior.

Conclusion:

The residents of Koregaon Park implore the authorities to take immediate and effective action to address this issue. They deserve the right to live in peace, security, and dignity within their own community.

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