A video has surfaced online which shows the punishment an angry father made his 12-year-old son endure. The boy had stolen the equivalent of less than $15 from his parents’ savings, and locals were horrified when they saw the way that his dad made him pay for the transgression.
A 12-year-old boy, who has not been identified by name, stole 100 yuan from his parents, which is the equivalent of less than fifteen U.S. dollars. In China, this much money will buy you two movie tickets or dinner for three at McDonald’s.
While stealing is wrong and children should absolutely face consequences if they take something without asking, the punishment the boy was forced to endure by his father was unnecessarily harsh. He was seen being led through the streets of his town naked, covered in painful cuts and bruises.
Locals in Zhaotong city, in south-western China’s Yunnan province, were shocked when they spotted him being pulled along the road with his hands bound by a length of rope. His dad rode ahead of him on a motorcycle, parading the child for all to see.
Footage taken by police and passers-by shows the dad being stopped by stunned residents who demanded he stop and that the boy be given some clothes. Witnesses said they could not believe the man, 48-year-old Zhou, was the kid’s dad. [Source: The Sun]
Zhou claimed to be teaching his son a lesson for stealing from the family, but the marks on the poor boy’s body amount to nothing less than torture. The police were just as shocked as the locals to see the father parading his naked and scarred son through the streets and took Zhou to the station for questioning.
According to The Straits Times, the boy was also taken in for questioning, but it is unknown at this time whether his father will face any charges for the cruel punishment he doled out.
Children who grow up under this type of abuse often turn into violent adults who repeat the same behavior with their own children. This child should be removed from his father’s home if he is to have some semblance of a normal upbringing, but it doesn’t appear that is going to happen. Hopefully, the ridicule his father faced from his neighbors for abusing his boy will keep him from doing it again in the future.