A “Beggars Home” in India is a place where impoverished people on the streets of metropolitan cities are put into by the State authorities. People who come to a city like Bangalore in search of a job due to the impacts of globalization end up on the streets, begging. They are then locked up for the “crime” of poverty.
There are various problems that are tied-in with beggary. Issues like sex work and sexuality, mental health, economic development models, caste biases and the law itself.
There is a process laid out in the law to make the arrest and pass sentence. In actual practice the process is followed superficially. Most inmates can't defend themselves because they can't speak the language or they are illiterate.
Inmates come not only from parts of rural Karnataka but from all over India. There is a common thread of destitution and poverty in their journey lines. Many of these inmates are mentally challenged and are being pushed over the brink by the process of law and being jailed like a criminal.
Is poverty a crime?