Police Round up 89 Boys during Public Decency Drive

SHARJAH — The police have rounded up 89 youth of various nationalities for allegedly eve-teasing, fighting and threatening public security during a campaign launched on July 1 by the police to ensure compliance with the decency rule of the Sharjah government.

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Published: Fri 10 Jul 2009, 12:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:55 PM

The police said 19 of them were arrested with arms, including gas guns, swords and knives while fighting and threatening others.

The 70 others were held for eve-teasing in shopping centres and malls.

The campaign will continue till the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Youth were found fighting in residential areas, assaulting others and causing public disturbances. Some of them were caught harassing women in malls by following them andpassing comments.

The police summoned parents of the detained teenagers and made them to sign undertakings that they would prevent their children from involving in illegal activities.

Lt-Col Yousif Al Naqbi, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department, said that the public decency campaign, which aims at controlling indecency in streets such as wearing of skimpy outfits and eve-teasing and fighting will continue till the end of the month of Ramadan. The police would not tolerate those who indulge in activities that threaten the society or any other act that violates the culture, tradition and religion of the emirates.

“Whoever lives in Sharjah or has just come to visit should respect Sharjah’s rules and its society,” said Al Naqbi

He added the patrolling would be intensified in residential areas as part of the campaign. The police will also target outlets, which sell arms like swords, knives and sticks to young men or teenagers, confiscate the arms and issue warnings to their owners against selling them to children.

Fighting between groups of youth in residential areas has become common, threatening the social fabric of the emirate. The police will crack down on such activities and will not allow any violence, Al Naqbi added.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com



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