One In Every Four 'Beggars' In India Is Muslim: Report

That's a total of 92,760 Muslim beggars in India.

29/07/2016 10:23 AM IST | Updated 29/07/2016 11:07 AM IST
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An elderly man sits along a street as he waits for alms in Srinagar August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Nearly 25 percent of the 3.7 lakh Indians categorised as "beggars" in the 2011 Census are Muslim, according to data released last month, reported The Indian Express. That's a total of 92,760 Muslim beggars in India.

While most of beggars in India are Hindus—about 72.2 percent—Hindus are also the majority religious group in India, accounting for almost four-fifths of the country's population. The number of Muslim beggars is significant as compared to their overall population in India, which stands at 17.22 crore as per the last Census.

A majority of the Muslim beggars are women, which is contrary to the national trend, where there are fewer women beggars compared to men.

Earlier, reports have indicated that Muslims have the lowest living standard in India, and spend less than ₹33 every day. The steadily increasing Muslim population in India is neglected, reported The Economist.

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