Dh5,000 fine, 3-month jail for beg­ging: FNC

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Jas­mine Al Kut­tab jas­mine@khalee­j­times.com

207 beg­gars were ar­rested in Abu Dhabi dur­ing the first half of Ra­madan last year

abu Dhabi — The UAE has passed an anti-beg­ging Fed­eral Law, which pun­ishes any­one caught beg­ging in the coun­try with a Dh5,000 fine and up to three months in prison, an­nounced the Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil (FNC) on Tues­day.

The coun­cil said that the new law, which comes ahead of the holy month of Ra­madan, aims to put an end to beg­gary.

Those who op­er­ate gangs of beg­gars will get a prison sen­tence of not less than six months as well as a min­i­mum fine of Dh100,000. Sim­i­lar pun­ish­ments will be given to those who re­cruit work­ers as beg­gars.

More­over, any­one who is caught beg­ging, yet is proven to have an in­come and is in good shape and health, will re­ceive the max­i­mum pun­ish­ment that is pos­si­ble. Max­i­mum pun­ish­ment will also be handed to those who use any forms of scams to de­ceive the pub­lic and play with their emo­tions, in­clud­ing fak­ing dis­abil­i­ties or in­juries.

Just last month, the UAE saw its first case of ex­ploita­tion of peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion for beg­ging by and Asian na­tional, who forced 15 male vic­tims into beg­ging.

The Shar­jah Pros­e­cu­tion charged the man with hu­man traf­fick­ing in ac­cor­dance with Fed­eral Law No. 51 of 2006 com­bat­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing crimes, as amended by Fed­eral Law No. 1 of 2015.

Las year, the Min­istry of Inte-

65 beg­gars, in­clud­ing 10 women, were caught in Dubai dur­ing last Ra­madan 100K dirham fine and six month jail for those caught op­er­at­ing beg­gars’ gang

rior launched a na­tion­wide pro­gramme to curb beg­ging ahead of Ra­madan.

The cam­paign, ti­tled “Fight beg­ging and help those who are de­serv­ing,” saw the ar­rests of hun­dreds of peo­ple caught beg­ging in the coun­try.

The min­istry said that beg­gars try to de­ceive peo­ple by ap­peal­ing to their emo­tions, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madan. In the first half of Ra­madan last year, the Abu Dhabi Po­lice ar­rested 207 beg­gars, while at least 65 beg­gars, in­clud­ing 10 women, were caught in Dubai.

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The new law to com­bat beg­ging comes ahead of the holy month of Ra­madan. —

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