RAK netizens, you can help curb begging

The RAK Police have put in place comprehensive plans to curb begging in the emirate during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

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Published: Thu 28 May 2015, 12:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:39 PM

Genuinely needy people can go to charity associations  for help. — Supplied photo

Ras Al Khaimah — Residents of Ras Al Khaimah can help the police arrest beggars and put an end to the illegal practice by submitting their feedback on the police’s social media accounts about the locations frequented by beggars. In addition, the public can also report beggars on a dedicated hotline — 050-7669229.

The RAK Police have put in place comprehensive plans to curb begging in the emirate during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Major-General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, on Monday said they are set to curb the illegal practice under the ‘Only help the eligible to fight begging’ drive. “Begging poses a risk to the security and stability of the country and all members of the society must cooperate to end this uncivilised practice. Genuinely needy people can resort to accredited charity associations for help. “More security patrols and officials will be deployed in all areas and roads of the emirate to nab beggars, mainly in residential areas.”

Brigadier Khamis Al Hadidi, Director-General of police operations, said the campaign is launched annually during Ramadan. “As per our surveys and public feedback, most beggars are found outside mosques, shopping centres and markets, particularly during Ramadan.

“Begging is not a phenomenon here; beggars are just a bunch of illegals who trick the public.” About 72 beggars were arrested last year. ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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