Qatari officials insist there is no room for begging in Qatar

August 15, 2010
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The number of beggars in Qatar has decreased in Ramadan as officials insist that begging will not be allowed and that violators will face legal action.

“There is no room for beggars in the Qatari society and the Ministry of Interior has decided to intensify its patrolling to track beggars in different places,” Brig Gen Misfar Ali Al Hababi, the head of Criminal Investigation Department, said.

He said the department has launched in collaboration with the Department of Mosques of the Ministry of Endowments a campaign to crack down on beggars who exploit the holy month of Ramadan when people are particularly generous.

The campaign has led to the apprehension of several beggars who have come to Qatar on visit visas procured by residents. Those who facilitate the entry visa will be held equally responsible with the beggar and will face trial, he said.

Al Hababi explained that due to the steps taken by the ministry to curb begging, the number of beggars has come down this year, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported.

Ali Bin Rashid Al Maharri Al Muhandi, the Head of the Mosques Management Department, said the department helped by observing beggars in front of mosques and contributed to their arrest.

He said that people should come forward to help put an end to the anti-social practice, stressing that there were authorised charity foundations that assist the needy.

Lt Col Jamal Al Kaabi, Deputy Director of Criminal Investigation Department, said that most beggars were arrested on tips from people.

Begging is a crime in Qatar and police have been authorised to arrest beggars and deport them, he said.

Al Kaabi appealed to people to give donations to the charity foundations that can reach people who deserve assistance – a gesture that will curb the begging practice, he said.

         

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