Muscat: Oman's Public Prosecution has announced an OMR 100 fine and one-year imprisonment as punishment for begging.
This includes begging at mosques, roads, stores and public areas, The Times of Oman reported.
”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,” a statement issued online said.
“The court may confiscate the money seized from the offender and order to deport him from the country if he is a foreigner,” it added
Meanwhile, using a minor or handing him to another person with the intent to beg can lead to imprisonment for a period up to three years and a fine of OMR100 and the punishment is doubled if the offender is the minor's guardian, trustee or a person entrusted to his or her care or supervision.
“Beggary is a criminal and uncivilised act. It poses many risks. Please 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.