UAE Police arrest man disguised as a woman for begging

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

During Ramadan, authorities are conducting extensive security operations to counteract the act of begging, which is classified as a criminal offense in the country due to its fraudulent nature, masquerading as charity.

A young Arab man was apprehended by Dubai Police near a mosque for donning an abaya and niqab in an attempt to disguise himself for begging purposes. Brigadier Ali Salem Al Shamsi, the director of the Suspects and Criminal Phenomena Department at Dubai Police, revealed that the individual adopted women's attire under the mistaken belief that beggars disguised as females garner more sympathy than males. The arrest came after a resident reported a suspicious individual disguised as a woman begging near the mosque.

The Dubai Police Department has issued a renewed call to the public, urging them to be on the lookout for fraudsters who may take advantage of people's goodwill during Ramadan. They warned that people shouldn't believe the falsehoods spread by the unscrupulous beggars who frequent public places, including mosques, clinics, hospitals, marketplaces, and roadside stands.

Earlier in the week, Dubai Police disclosed the arrest of 17 beggars on the first day of Ramadan, comprising 13 males and four females. Offenders face stringent penalties, including a minimum fine of Dh5,000 and up to three months' imprisonment. Additionally, those organizing begging activities or facilitating individuals from abroad for begging purposes could be sentenced to a minimum of six months in prison and a fine of no less than Dh100,000.

To ensure their donations reach legitimate beneficiaries, Al Shamsi emphasized the importance of contributing to registered and reputable charitable organizations. He advised against engaging with alleged beggars out of sympathy and encouraged the public to report any illegal activities or instances of begging by utilizing the 'Police Eye' service on the Dubai Police smart app or by calling 901. By adhering to these precautions, individuals can help combat the scourge of fraudulent begging during the holy month of Ramadan.

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