Dubai arrests woman for begging, using witchcraft

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Dubai Police has arrested this female beggar in possession of items for witchcraft. DUBAI POLICE

A woman has been arrested in Dubai for begging in the emirates and using items for witchcraft, according to Dubai Police on Tuesday (March 19).

According to Dubai Police, the Asian woman believed that the items would help her convince individuals to give her money.

Brigadier Ali Salem Al Shamsi, Director of the Suspects and Criminal Phenomena Department in the General Department of Criminal Investigation, said that the female beggar was arrested in a residential area following a tip-off from a community member.

Police seized from her possession “papers, tools, witchcraft talismans, and a magic veil,” Al Shamsi said.

The official urged the public to refrain from giving money to beggars, warning them of schemes aimed at manipulating people’s emotions during Ramadan.

He explained that beggars often create stories and use deceptive tactics while positioning themselves near mosques, clinics, hospitals, markets and streets. He urged the community to report beggars by calling the hotline 901 or by using the Dubai Police smart app.

Both begging and use or promotion of witchcraft or sorcery are considered serious crimes in the UAE, with punishments involving imprisonment, hefty fines, and in some cases, deportation. ICA/Expat Media

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