The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Ministry of Interior has prepared to deploy 35 police patrolling teams across the state to crack down on beggars during the holy month of Ramadan. The anti-begging drive will be launched in coordination with Al Fazaa, Lakhwiya and other concerned departments.

Brigadier Jamal Mohammad Al Kaabi, Director of CID said that begging is not a phenomenon that is common in Qatar. However, some people enter the country especially during Ramadan with the intention of begging, with innovated ideas for exploiting the sympathy of the people.

He added that the patrolling teams comprising men and women police officers will be deployed at potential places round-the-clock to stop this illegal practice.

Kaabi said:

Other security agencies will be coordinating with the department to catch the beggars. Two hotlines, 3361 8627 and 2347 444 have been set up for citizens and expatriates to inform the authorities concerned about the beggars,.’

Kaabi added:

They narrate false stories and produce fake medical reports seeking money. Some of them also ask for contributions for building mosques and schools or sponsor orphans in their countries. Some beggars were caught selling substandard products as a ploy for begging.’

First Lieutenant Abdullah Saad Al Dosari, a senior official at the Anti-Begging Department at CID said:

More than 280 beggars were caught last year at mosques, shopping complexes, popular markets and residential areas. Legal action will be taken against those caught indulging in this illegal practice.’

Citizens and expatriates have been advised to give donations only to authorised charity organisations so that they could distribute them to the most deserving sections.

Investigation reports suggest that most beggars enter Qatar on tourist visas. Some of them were holding residency permits of neighbouring countries.

Al Dosari said:

The begging problem is under control in Qatar despite that the beggars resort to new tricks to win sympathy.’

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Ramadan Guide 2016