Beggars face deportation

AL AIN - Beggars have become visible in Al Ain as the holy month of Ramadan approaches hoping to cash in on the religious sentiments. Some of them are expatriates who find that begging is easier than work but run the risk of being caught by the police and deported.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 25 Sep 2005, 11:11 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:22 PM

Al Ain residents have reacted sharply to this disturbing phenomenon. Hadia Abdel Haleem, a housewife, said that while she was waiting in a beauty parlour, a strong young woman came by begging for some money. The woman was very persistent. The same person had come to the parlour a few months ago seeking monetary assistance with a different tale of woe on her lips.

Some beggars want money while others look for food or clothes, but the law is firm on punishing persons who ask for alms, especially from houses or schools.

An official from Al Ain Police told Khaleej Times that beggars caught red-handed would be deported and forbidden from stepping inside the country. "Beggars spoil spiritual emotions of the holy month of Ramadan, in addition to giving a gloomy face to the city," he added.

Said Salima Ali, ''Sometimes the same beggar repeats the same story to gain public sympathy.'' The usual stories are sickness of parents and children besides husband's disability and death.

Begging is widespread more among females than males, as "women have the ability of drama and tears" compared with men, remarks Ahmed Fadel Al Mowla.

The charity associations such as the Al Ain Red Crescent offer financial assistance to needy individuals and families to protect them from dishonest ways to gain money such as beggary justified by concocted stories.

Police is combating this illegal activity by organising many campaigns, which has reduced the number of beggars inside Al Ain City and its surrounding areas.


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