MoI tightens measures to tackle beggars
For the first time, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has set up special police teams to tackle begging which is at its peak during the month of Ramadan. These teams will also include women public security personnel.
According to a report in the Qatar Tribune, CID Director Colonel Misfer Ali Al Hababi said, “We will have 48 patrols, including men and women, deployed in different areas of the country to deal with beggars. The patrols will work in three shifts, round the clock.” Public places such as markets, commercial complexes and mosques will also be kept under close watch to avoid beggars.
Begging has been outlawed in Qatar, which allows law enforcement officials to arrest those found begging and deport them. Since people do a lot of charity during the month of Ramadan, some individuals enter the country on visit visas only at this time for the sake of begging. This time, according to the director, people who help such individuals obtain entry visas will also be probed and dealt with strictly.
What should you do?
- Don’t be fooled by beggars. The Mosques Management Department at the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowment) has urged advised people to donate to charity centres to ensure that their donations will be sent to those in real need of the funds.
- Report any encounters with such beggars. The hotline numbers are 2347453, 234744 and 66414040 and will be operative throughout the day.
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