‘Rich’ beggar held for begging in Kuwait


A foreigner, who had 500,000 Kuwaiti Dinar (Rs.10 crore) in a local bank account was held for begging on the streets of Kuwait.

The man in question is a non-Kuwaiti national and has been taken into custody for violating the rule of begging in the holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, people religiously donate more than usual. So, asking money from people in the name of God is referred to as “harassing” them. In last one year, Kuwait has deported many people including some Asians for begging.

Khaleej Time quoted security sources,”Servicemen were patrolling the area when they saw a man standing near a mosque and begging for money, telling worshipers that he badly needed cash and that he had no home. He was immediately arrested as he was breaking the law and was taken to Al Ahmadi police station where an investigation found that he had a bank account in a local bank worth more than 500,000 Kuwaiti Dinar (over Rs 10 crore).”

Kuwait, like other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman has zero tolerance towards begging.

According to a Social Affairs Ministry of Saudi Arabia, “Out of the total beggars in the country, foreigners amount to more than eighty-five per cent and the remaining are Saudi citizens.”