I have never been to India before and am about to visit. I cannot find much information on how to deal with beggars in India. I understand that there are a great many more people in poverty throughout India than in any other country I have been to. I would like to help, but I've heard that giving one too much will result in me being mobbed! How can I help the people without being attacked? Is it better to give food or money in some situations or to certain people? What sort of foods are acceptable to give the people? Can I depend on local police to help if something goes wrong? In my country, begging is a crime and police will take from the beggar whatever has been given to them and return it to the giver! Does anyone have any experiences or stories to tell?