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Photo of boy warned for theft shocks public

Recently a photo was posted on Facebook showing a boy crying and in a panic, with a bunch of fruit he is said to have stolen hung around his neck, raising public concern.


The photo shocks the public 

The boy is 10 years old, and looks thin and pale in the photo. Almost immediately after its posting, there was a public outcry concerning the treatment of the boy and children in general. Although it was removed by the account holder quickly, the image was re-posted and circulated on the internet.

Reaction to the image was prompt and critical. Most comments involving this picture did not lay much blame on the child for his petty theft, but on the heavy-handed treatment by the store-owner who had caught him and decided to humiliate him publicly. Many went so far as to say that such treatment can cause real psychological damage to a child.

A similar case occurred in Gia Lai Province, which also stirred public concern recently. A photo of a secondary school student in Gia Lai was taken with her hands tied after she was accused of having stolen a book from a supermarket. The photo was taken and posted by security staff at the store. The image showed her wearing a sign that read: “I am a thief”. 

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