The company will contribute towards release of a total of 1000 prisoners by year end 2019
Dubai, UAE; May 5, 2019: During the holy month of Ramadan, philanthropist Firoz Merchant, Founder and Chairman of Pure Gold Group, will contribute to the release of 600 insolvent prisoners in the UAE. He will also help to secure the release of a further 400 prisoners by year end. The total contribution being made to give the unfortunate prisoners a second chance in life, is AED 1.5 million.
180 prisoners from Ajman Central Jail and 200 from Sharjah Central Jail are due to be released soon. Many others will be released from Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah prisons.
According to philanthropist Firoz Merchant, “The holy month of Ramadan is a month for giving blessings and sharing in the sorrows of others to give them strength and help, to lead a happy, peaceful and prosperous life in this beautiful world. During the holy month, we will devote our attention to prisoners in the UAE who are jailed for insolvency. They ended up in prison because they were unable to pay back their debts due to unfortunate circumstances. We will extend our support to Government authorities and Director Generals of Police to release insolvent prisoners, irrespective of nationality and religion, by providing for their air fare to exit the country so that they can be reunited with their families and celebrate the holy month of Ramadan together.”
The various nationalities being released include Afghani, Bangladeshi, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Lebanese, Nigerian, Pakistani, Palestinian, Somalian, Sri Lankan, Sudani, Syrian and others.
This is not the first time Pure Gold Jewellers has come to the rescue of unfortunate debt laden prisoners. Pure Gold Jewellers established the ‘Forgotten Society’ initiative to help insolvent prisoners in 2008 and so far, philanthropist Firoz Merchant has reunited thousands of prisoners with their families.