Of doctors and beggars

In case you missed it, CNN-IBN ran a story on Saturday night about how doctors are amputating beggars’ limbs for a fee and about the nexus between the beggar mafia and the doctors.

Beggars don’t scream is the title of the piece and here’s the summary:

We see them at red lights, outside our car windows. Beggars inhabit a world far removed from ours, but have you ever thought how they get maimed? What if film stories of gangs who chop off limbs of people and force them to beg, were real? CNN-IBN exposes the unholy nexus between beggar mafia and doctors who are willing to sacrifice all medical ethics for just a few thousand rupees.

The problem with the story was that the mafia wasn’t exposed. The doctors were exposed, but that’s two doctors (or maybe ten?) and not a network of doctors. The nexus between the beggar mafia and the doctors was inferred and not proved.

The doctors who are willing to do illegal things for money are scum and deserve to be punished. But, what CNN-IBN could’ve really done was to get a person from the beggar mafia on tape–that would’ve been a real scoop. What we got instead was a couple of doctors who are unscrupulous.

And, all this outrage is very nice if it leads to something. Right now, as far as I’m concerned, it’s just another news story that’s going to die down in a few days. Also, I don’t know what happened to the beggars CNN-IBN interviewed. Spare a thought for them and if you live in Delhi, maybe you’ll see them on the subway.

I wonder if their life has changed in any way.


2 thoughts on “Of doctors and beggars

  1. That’s shocking! I mean, I never believed in those stories of gangs forcing people to beg after chopping of people’s limbs! But this… I don’t know what to say..

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