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Dubai police crackdown on illegal begging, over 200 arrests

Dubai police crackdown on illegal begging, over 200 arrests

Dubai: Dubai Police have intensified their efforts against beggars during the holy month of Ramadan, aiming to curb illegal begging activities.

Brig Ali Salem Al Shamsi, director of Suspects and Criminal Phenomena Department at the Dubai Police, disclosed that a significant crackdown on beggars has been initiated to maintain law and order during Ramadan.

In the first fortnight of Ramadan, Dubai Police arrested a total of 202 individuals involved in begging. These included 112 men and 90 women, all found exploiting the spirit of generosity prevalent during Ramadan.

The Dubai Police have imposed strict penalties on those found guilty of begging. Offenders face a minimum fine of Dh5,000 and up to three months of imprisonment. Further, individuals orchestrating begging activities and importing beggars from abroad will be subjected to even harsher penalties, including a minimum six-month prison term and a fine not less than Dh100,000.

Brig Al Shamsi has advised the public against engaging with alleged beggars out of sympathy. Instead, he urges citizens to report any instances of illegal begging promptly. This can be done by dialling 901 or utilizing the 'Police Eye' service available on the Dubai Police smart app.

Al Shamsi highlights the importance of directing charitable contributions to registered and legitimate organizations. By doing so, individuals ensure that their donations reach those genuinely in need, rather than falling into the hands of dubious groups or individuals.

The crackdown on beggars by Dubai Police is an attempt to maintain law and order during Ramadan. Citizens are urged to cooperate with authorities and refrain from engaging with illegal beggars. Through collective efforts, Dubai aims to uphold the sanctity of Ramadan while ensuring the welfare of its residents.

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