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Ras Al Khaimah cracks down on beggars during Ramadan

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The campaign has been launched in collaboration with CID and police stations across the emirate to ensure security for the community.

A campaign to catch beggars has been launched by the Ras Al Khaimah Police as the mendicancy menace sees a surge during the holy month of Ramadan.

Major-General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, general commander of the RAK Police, said the campaign is targeting all segments of the society to help the police curb the negative phenomenon. The public is being urged to report to police any case of begging they encounter.

“The campaign has been launched in collaboration with CID and police stations across the emirate to ensure security for the community.”

Security patrols and staffers have been deployed at all markets and residential areas where beggars are mostly spotted and reported, he added.

“All the beggars arrested have been referred to the bodies concerned for legal action.”
“Some of them were brought to the country on visit visa just for begging.”
Al Nuaimi exhorted the public to contribute their charities to licenced charity associations which have a clear and verified track of all disadvantaged cases and low-income people.
“The listed widows, orphans and poor patients are more eligible for these charities,” he said, noting that the “professional beggars” exploit people’s sentiments during the holy month.”

What the law says

In April 2018, the UAE passed an anti-begging federal law, which punishes anyone caught begging with a Dh5,000 fine and up to three months in prison.

Those who operate gangs of beggars will get a prison sentence of not less than six months as well as a minimum fine of Dh100,000. Similar punishments are given to those who recruit workers as beggars.

Anyone caught begging, yet proven to have an income and is in good shape and health, will receive maximum punishment that is possible, as per law.

Maximum punishment shall be handed to those who use any forms of scams to deceive the public and play with their emotions, including faking disabilities or injuries.

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