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Begging in front of police station nets Dh2,209

Afkar Abdullah / 11 May 2012

A Pakistani woman who chose to beg right in front of a police station has been arrested by the Sharjah Police.

The woman known as MR, boldly stood in front of the general industrial area police station and begged for money. MR was arrested by officials from the criminal investigation department, who initially thought she had come to the police centre to lodge a complaint or report an accident. They soon realised she was standing in front of the police centre to beg.

The police found that the woman had arrived in the UAE on a visit visa the day she was found begging. In the few hours she spent begging, she managed to collect Dh2,209.

When asked why she came to the country she confirmed that she had come to beg. The woman was detained and will be referred to the public prosecution.

Colonel Omar Al Suwaidi, Director of the Industrial Area Police Centre, said that he followed up the interrogation and found the suspect was not suffering from psychological problems. He added that she was conscious about her behaviour.

“The only mistake according to her, that led to her arrest, is standing in front of the police station to beg without realising that she was standing there. It seems she did not know that begging is unacceptable in the UAE and a person caught begging is subject to law.”


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