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Anti-begging drive begins in Ajman

Anti-begging drive begins in Ajman

The move is part of a larger campaign being organised by the Ministry of Interior across the country to put an end to the “uncivilised practice”.



By Afkar Abdullah/principal Correspondent

Published: Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Ajman — The Ajman Police have launched an anti-begging campaign to curb the practice, which usually increases during the holy month of Ramadan. The move is part of a larger campaign being organised by the Ministry of Interior across the country to put an end to the “uncivilised practice”.

Abdullah Saif Matroushi, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ajman Police, told Khaleej Times that beggars exploit the generosity of citizens and residents during the holy month. Some beggars, he said, come to the country on visit visas specifically for this purpose.

Some of them are organised, with each beggar assigned to a specific area. At the end of the day, they share revenues made from begging, Matroushi said.

The campaign is being organised under the theme ‘Say no to begging’ so as to deter citizens from encouraging the practice.

Earlier campaigns launched by the police helped reduce the prevalence of begging.

Special teams will be assigned to spot and investigate begging offences in the emirate, with policemen posted in commercial areas, malls, mosques and residential areas.

Residents can report beggars to the police on 06-7401616 and 06-7409999.

Matroushi said there are many accredited charity organisations in the emirate and the genuinely needy can contact them for help.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com


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