Ajmer (Rajasthan-India) beggar dies -had Rs.2 lacs in his pockets

@ravisivan (14051)
India
June 13, 2011 7:29pm CST
Time of India reports of death of a beggar in Ajmer with Rs. 2 lakhs in his pocket. After the news spread that Rs.2 lakhs (nearly US $ 4500) was in his pocket many beggars started claimed relationship to him. As per rules Police will wait for claims from relatives for 90 days and after which the money will be deposited with Magistrate Court. Post mortem revealed he has died of untreated ailments. Lesson: Beggars can also be rich people. When you have money it is better to get treated rather than keeping it in bank or pocket. If one has to become famous, he can become famous after his death also. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/With-Rs-2-lakh-in-pocket-poor-beggar-dies-rich/articleshow/8842936.cms
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
14 Jun 11
I think sometimes beggars make more money than most working folks. I agree that if you have some kind of problem that it should be treated rather than ignored. I guess that is one reason I am back in America right now instead of being in my job in China. I found out I had a medical problem in December and the hospital in the city I was working in said they couldn't treat me. I came back and had surgery and now chemotherapy to treat the cancer. Treatment is being paid for by the government medicaid program otherwise I might already be dying. My doctor said that without treatment I might survive a year when my brother asked about that. Is there "free" treatment in your country for people who don't have money or are they left to die if they can't pay for the treatment themselves? It is unbelievable that he would let himself die because he didn't want to spend money. I just wonder if he knew that he had a problem. Did it say what the untreated ailments were? Thanks for sharing!
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
14 Jun 11
No details of ailment are not given. I am happy u are being given proper treatment. take care. have a good day.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
14 Jun 11
I did look at the article after I wrote my response and also noticed that they cremated him without getting any further details on the ailments. Is that the normal "means of disposal" or is that only for beggars or unclaimed bodies?
@sjvg1976 (12680)
• Delhi, India
14 Jun 11
Hi Ravisivan how amazing the news is!!! Beggars are professional in INDIA there are some beggars who are having lot of money in their bank acoounts & earn more than any one of middle class person. I am not a beggar but i don't have that much money to keep in my pocket. This is due to we people have made them rich without us they will remain beggars.
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
14 Jun 11
interesting. yes, they save money without taking food, without having to pay for rent etc. But thank God that he has kept us this way that we would talk over computers.
@Masihi (4228)
• Canada
14 Jun 11
Hmmm...that would be called a miser, and they can be stingy at the best of times. Misers hoard up as much money as they can and live on as little as they can. Some misers are actually millionaires. Either way, there's something mentally wrong with the beggar, he should have sought treatment, for sure.
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
14 Jun 11
yes. I agree. He should have taken treatment. I think he was a muslim and the body cremated by Dargah committee. have a good day.
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• Philippines
14 Jun 11
Maybe he just found the money and was planning to return it that's why he still has it. That's an interesting story. I wouldn't think a beggar would have that much amount of money in his pocket. That's why they're called beggars, they beg for money.
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@amitgune (877)
• India
14 Jun 11
.....and people say India is a poor country. Guys believe me, India is rich. Each one of us feel that we are not because we want more. Its all in the mind.
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• United States
14 Jun 11
In some locations begging can be a very lucrative business. In the city of Chicago, Illinois, USA there was a man, it must have been in the 1980's, who lived in a very expensive house in an upscale neighborhood, his chauffeur drove him every morning to a certain street corner where the man would 'set up shop'. Monday through Friday he dressed the part of an extremely poor soul, his clothes were not clean, they smelled badly and each day he would accost passersby for 'spare change', most would hand him a dollar or two to get him to leave them alone, hundreds of people would go by, workers going to their jobs, passersby going to another building, workers leaving their jobs...he literally earned more in one day than most people earn in a week. Yet there are the others...those who beg to eat, to obtain the simple basics and have no home other than perhaps a cardboard box...Some of these people are mentally unstable, they could have help but they do not like the medications they would have to take, they'd rather live with their madness. Sometimes even people who do not have mental issues delay seeking medical care, assuming that it's just a minor illness and will go away naturally. It's possible this man didn't understand just how much money he did have or how desperately he needed medical care.
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• United States
14 Jun 11
Wow this is really sad, that he had so much money in his pockets yet was in need of medical care. Sad how so many came forward claiming to be relatives, surely they can't believe them as where were they when he was on the streets. Sad that he passed at age 60, too. As that is not old at all, and to think he could have lived nicely if he would have sought medical care.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
14 Jun 11
nicely summarised. thanks for posting comments as no.one. have a good day.
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• United States
17 Jun 11
What I would like to hear someday is that if in fact he had not true caring relatives, that the money is put to use towards some needy person out on the streets. Not into Government and or anyone claiming to have cared for him. Thank you Ravisivan for my BR!
21 Jun 11
The big question is, did he work for a syndicate? Beggars usually have a boss in the big cities and have to hand over their money. If this was the case, then he wouldn't have dared using the money for anything let alone medical care!
21 Jun 11
I forgot to mention that I lived in India for 3 years from 1979-1981. My friend told me that she had seen a beggar handing over his daily takings to someone in a big expensive car. Another day, she watched a very respectable man change into his begging clothes! Unfortunately, in some parts of the world, begging is a business. It is terrible to see another human being in such dire straits and needing to beg but far worse seeing how they can be exploited, and so can we, by unscrupulous money-grabbers and gangsters! For this very reason, I and my friends always gave any poor folk who were forced to beg, food and not money which could be taken off them. I know this was not the perfect solution and I dearly wanted to do more, as any decent soul would.
• United States
14 Jun 11
I wonder where he got that money. Is it possible that he stole it? I have no idea how this sort of thing works in India, but hopefully some real relatives will appear or something so they can pay proper respects.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
14 Jun 11
Welcome to Mylot Nothing is given to substantiate he would have stolen. A beggar saves money without spending and that is why he had this much left with him. Not all beggars are rich. But some beggars are richer than common men. have a good day
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