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Tribune News Network
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has arrested a number of beggars of Asian nationalities from different parts of the country and initiated necessary legal actions against them.
Captain Hadi Mohammed al Hajri, Head of the Anti-Begging Department, said the CID is playing a vital role in combating the practice of begging.
The Department of Anti-Begging and criminal investigation departments in the various security agencies have been carrying out intensive campaigns in different areas and places frequented by beggars, especially commercial complexes and mosques, to eliminate this problem, he added.
Hajri said the administration is taking all measures and leaving no stone unturned to spread awareness about begging.
He said the department, in coordination with the Department of Mosques in the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, is urging imams and preachers to educate citizens and residents to send their donations to accredited charities.
He said anyone who begs in the streets or public places or encourages begging faces imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months.
Captain Engineer Madawi Saeed al Qahtani, assistant director of the Department of Economic and Electronic Crimes, said beggars have been devising new methods of begging through social media such as Facebook and Instagram. He said the beggars have been organising fundraising campaigns under the pretext of building mosques in poor countries, building hospitals, schools or treating patients with serious illnesses.
He said beggars show false medical reports to people and take advantage of their generosity in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Qahtani said people who do electronic begging are basically from outside the country and have intermediaries in Qatar. The CID has arrested many of them and referred them to the Public Prosecution, he said.
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