Ahmed Al tamimi
Irbid – While the amendments to the Penal Code relating to the fight against beggars came into effect, the phenomenon grew and expanded, especially among women, and went to new sectors and areas far from the supervision of the Ministry of Social Development , especially cemeteries and funeral directors.
The phenomenon of begging in Irbid also spread to towns and villages far from the city center, after the work of begging was limited to the main traffic lights, markets and travel complexes in the city of Irbid.
Many beggars are found at the traffic lights leading to the governor brigades, who turn to the sale of cheap goods to cover their begging.
A number of citizens have called for stricter control over areas far from the commercial center, given the presence of large numbers of beggars now roaming the governor’s villages for money, noting that cemeteries, clinics and funerals are a destination for many beggars. .
Citizen Salem Al-Wahaibi said the phenomenon of begging was increasing in light of the difficult economic conditions the citizen was experiencing and the insane rise in the prices of all commodities, stressing that beggars were receiving sympathy from capable citizens despite the campaigns which through social development to encourage them not to give them money as charity and zakat.
He added that citizens resort to beggars to cope with the difficult economic conditions and unemployment, noting that many citizens pressure their children to beg or work to find an additional source of income to meet the daily needs. to meet the requirements of their family.
He said the work of beggars begins at most of the traffic lights from the early hours of the morning and continues until midnight, pointing out that their numbers are in the dozens.
Citizen Ali Hazaimeh pointed out that the phenomenon of begging has become irritating and extends to towns and districts in Irbid, after being confined to the city of Irbid and commercial markets.
He pointed out that there is a strange phenomenon that has become a source of inconvenience to citizens, namely the presence of beggars during the burial of the body in cemeteries and funeral homes, which requires the supervisory authorities to tighten control over remote areas.
He stressed that there is sympathy among citizens to give money to beggars in light of the difficult economic conditions, noting that the high cost of living has recently caused an increase in the number of beggars.
In turn, the supervisor of the Anti-Beggar Unit for the Northern Region, Majd Abdul-Nabi, said that due to the tightening of control over beggars in the commercial center and the center of cities in the Northern Region, the beggars were forced to change their locations and seek alternatives away from the capital centers.
He pointed out that there are 3 begging teams in the northern region working on 3 terms, and these teams are not enough to put all beggars in all regions in the northern governorates behind, emphasizing that the unit is ready to begging teams to to send anywhere. in the event that it is notified of the presence of beggars in any region.
Abdul Nabi said children who sell cheap goods are treated as beggars and arrested and transferred to the judiciary, while adults sold on stalls are handled by market supervisors in the municipalities.
Abdul Nabi explained that the amended penal code, which was implemented last month, punishes those who practice begging for the first time from 3 months to 6 months, while punishing them with imprisonment from 6 months to two years for those caught and had previous restrictions in begging, hoping that the recent amendments would help curb the phenomenon of begging. .
Article (389) of Criminal Code No. (10) of 2022 describes beggars of people who gave or asked for charity under the pretext of displaying wounds or a disability in him or falsifying it or in any other way, whether he was wandering or sitting. in a public place, or found that he was driving a minor under the age of sixteen to beg and collect alms or to encourage him to do so.
It also refers to the display of insignificant goods, display games or other acts which in themselves are not suitable as a serious source of existence for the purpose of begging, or the use of any other means of fraud to gain public sympathy elicit, or to collect alms or charitable donations. of any kind based on a false allegation.
He pointed out that the statistics of the seizure of beggars increased last month compared to the previous month, as nearly 714 beggars and beggars were seized in June, while 528 beggars were seized in May.
Abdel-Nabi stressed that begging has become a profession for some, emphasizing that most of the beggars caught are repeat beggars. He pointed out that giving citizens money for beggars encourages them to keep begging.
Abdel-Nabi did not hide that the high cost of living is pushing some people to beg, but their numbers are small compared to people who practiced begging years ago, emphasizing that any matter caught is a social study and if the family in need. , assistance is provided.
Abdel-Nabi explained that it is not possible to put together a team to fight beggars in every funeral home or funeral, which requires citizens not to give the beggar money, and stressed that combating beggar logistics capabilities, employees , mechanisms and others required.
Last June, the fight against beggars in the northern region seized 714 beggars, including 648 youths and 66 adults, while the number of beggars of Syrian nationality reached 91 youths and 4 adults and of Palestinian nationality.
44 adolescents and 1 adult.