The woman's husband revealed that he had only Dh100 ($27) with him and had been unable to raise funds to pay the penalty.
A kind Dubai police officer paid a fine of Dh10,000 ($2,722) imposed on an Arab mother with a 7-month-old baby to save her from being jailed for 100 days.
Lieutenant Abdul Hadi Al Hammadi, an officer at the Rashidiya police station, came to the rescue of the family after he found that they didn't have money and saw the woman's desperate husband seeking help in vain.
Abdul Hadi Al Hammadi said he couldn't bear the sight of the husband sobbing in front of him and couldn't come to terms with the thought that the woman may have to languish behind bars depriving the infant of mother's much-needed care.
It was a financial issue that the woman had got sucked into after she signed a cheque on behalf of her husband's company, and couldn't pay the amount.
The cop didn't want anyone to know about his gesture and keep it a secret, until the local media got a wind of it. He paid the fine without the hope of the money being returned. "On realising that the man had failed to find support from his family and close friends, I decided to help out the family," the Emirati policeman said.
He added, "I was assigned by my seniors to help people and solve their problems. So when I saw the plight of the couple, I swung into action to ensure that the mother is not imprisoned and goes back home with her child and husband."
Plight moves policeman
Al Hammadi was busy doing his routine work at the one-day court, when an Arab man entered his office in a dishevelled state and looked completely crestfallen.
He approached the police officer and sobbed while telling him that there was a case against his wife in the court and that they were supposed to pay a fine of Dh10,000 or the mother would face jail for nearly 100 days. The man revealed that he had only Dh100 with him and had been unable to raise funds from kin and acquaintances to pay the penalty.
While narrating his story, the man broke down many times. Al Hammadi said, "I asked him to wait for sometime and spoke about the case to director of Rashidiya police station Brigadier Saeed Hamad bin Suleiman. After instructions, the fine was paid through and the bill of payment was handed over to the man."
"I told him to keep it a secret, but wondered how the media got to know about it. I think it as our duty in the UAE to help people who need care and attention," the police officer pointed out.
The woman's husband said, "When I approached the policeman, I was feeling helpless and everything seemed dark. I couldn't have seen my wife being jailed, with my little baby left alone. I asked the cop to help us get out of the problem. However, I never imagined that he would save my wife from jail by paying the fine."
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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