MUSCAT: Begging is categorised as a criminal activity and can lead to jail for a period of one year, the Public Prosecution has warned.
In a statement issued, the Prosecution said those involved in begging will also be fined OMR 100.
In a statement issued online by the Public Prosecution said:”Dear citizens and residents, begging at mosques, roads, stores and public areas is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a period up to one year and a fine of OMR 100.”
According to the Prosecution, the court will also “confiscate the money seized from the offender and will order to deport him from the country if he is a foreigner,” the statement added.
The Public Prosecution has also taken a tough stance against those offenders using minors for begging. “Using a minor or hand him to another person with intent to begging is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a period up to three years and a fine of OMR 100,”
”The sentence is doubled if the offender is the minor’s guardian, trustee or a person entrusted to his or her care or supervision,” the statement noted.
“Beggary is a criminal and uncivilized act. It poses many risks. The public must avoid dealing with beggars in order not to promote a practice that is against the law and puts your country at risk,” the statement added.