We all know Saudi Arabia is a very strict country. Unalike India, where breaking rules is a trend, people in Saudi fear to break rules, as the punishment is very severe there. However there are few, who still indulge in activities, which shows the county in poor light.
There are beggars in Saudi Arabia, both Saudi nationals and foreigners. The government tries to pull the former into social welfare programs and the latter into deportation rooms as they rarely have valid visas. The government tries to dissuade people from begging. But there are some, who still try unique methods to earn money easily.
With the passage of time, beggars have also become aware and found different ways of begging. As many people who are not supposed to beg they have started begging rather than finding any particular job. Beggars of this class do not roam in sun, do not stand at traffic signals or at the malls and they don’t sit on the roadside pavements.
A family of 21 members of beggars was recently arrested in Saudi Arabia. They were engaged in their activities throughout the Buraidah, the capital of Al Qasim region. The beggar’s family members used five cars. They used luxurious cars to move to different places for begging.
The police arrested all the relatives, which included 21 members of this family including woman and children and they were suspected for illegal begging.
These all the relatives used a flat where they would organize their meetings and plans. They usually stop cars and asked the drivers for some help and demand some money, claiming that they needed it urgently. SR 12,000 were also found from the family.
Moreover, police also found some jewelry and residence permit in other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. By opposing all the facilities, they were not supposed to beg. These types of beggars should be arrested as it is illegal for them to beg, they would have found a job rather than begging.
The authorities in Saudi are trying to stop begging in the country. Earlier this year, more than 190 beggars have been arrested in raids conducted by the police in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The beggars, who included 50 children, were busted at their homes after the police monitored their moves and tracked them to the flats where they lived.
The surprising arresting of begging in Saudi was in 2014, when a millionaire was arrested for begging. An Arab national, arrested in Saudi Arabia for begging, has turned out to be a millionaire having a fortune of over $300,000. Security authorities seized cash and other valuables worth 1.2 million Saudi Riyals from the family of the man. The man was assisted by his wife and three children. All of them were staying in the Kingdom illegally. He was living in a luxurious furnished apartment and used to travel in between various cities and regions in a car owned by him.
The number of beggars in the Kingdom has increased, triggering fears that the issue may turn into a phenomenon and cause security, social, health and economic problems. The number of beggars in the Kingdom is on the rise because they sneak through the borders or come to perform Haj and Umrah and stay in the country after their rituals. The issue is further compounded by the sympathy shown to them by people.
Saudi Arabia has witnessed this rising phenomenon and has taken many steps to fight begging all parts of the Kingdom. The relevant authorities should coordinate their efforts to fight begging in Makkah, Jeddah and Riyadh. They should support these efforts with manpower and equipment, in addition to devising rules and regulations to focus on areas targeted by beggars.