An 8 y-o caought Stealing!

@bluegem (174)
Dominican Republic
March 6, 2007 8:52pm CST
Recently I saw some clips of the punishment received by an 8 year old boy who was caught staeling bread in India. The poor boy was put to lie down in the road while someone drove a pick-up truck over his hand. It was so horrible. I couldnt help imagining the pain and the thought of this boy who will no doubt be maimed for the rest of his lfe. Yes, he was wrong but gosh what a terrible penalty to pay for a piece of bread. Could it be that man's heart has become desperately wicked? Do you think the boy really deserved such a cruel consequence?
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• Singapore
7 Mar 07
Those people involved are purely sick in the mind... They should be shot... He was just a hungry boy who had no money...
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• Canada
7 Mar 07
What happened to that little kid wasnt fair at all. He was probably just hungry. They shoudlnt have punished him that badly. Many people living in those countries are still uncivilized and it all happens beacuse of poor education and stupid old traditional rules.
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@bigtyme (71)
• Canada
7 Mar 07
damnn they would have to hold me down to make me lie on that road which im sure they would because they would get ran over too so really nothing would happen to me for getting caught.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
7 Mar 07
Wow. I think that having your hand ran over by a truck for stealing is even too harsh of a punisment for an adult..much less a child! Usually our childhoods are our peak times for making mistakes and living and learning. I think community involvement would've been less cruel and taught him more of a lesson in the end.
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• Canada
7 Mar 07
It was definitely wrong for him to steal, but I think the punishment he received was even worse. Nothing he could have done could have justified such a punishment. That poor boy!!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
7 Mar 07
The boy was most likely stealing to feed himself. People who steal for the fun of stealing or to make a profit don't steal bread. People who are starving and can't afford to eat steal bread. It is so sick and depraved that this boy was punished for a problem that he didn't create in the first place. The society creates poverty, and then those who are in poverty are punished for it. They made this boy poor, and then punished him because he had to steal to live. It's disgusting. Humanity makes me want to vomit sometimes.
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@dopey22girl (3327)
• United States
7 Mar 07
No he definitely did not deserve such a cruel consequence, unfortunately a lot of places have extremely strict laws. I once heard a story about a boy who spit gum on the side of the road. I can't remember the punishment but it was shocking, and I remember it was something painful like that. I don't understand how some places can get away with having such strict laws. It's soo sad; I feel bad for everyone there.
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@vampkat (60)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Where did you see/read about this? I heard about a traveling "act" in that involved a very young child. It looks as though they are running over his arm with a pickup truck, but it is all a show. They do it in the street for money. Are you sure that wasn't what you read about?
• United States
7 Mar 07
It never amazes me how cruel people can be. The people who did this will get theirs in the end. I saw a similar situation on CNN with the children in North Korea. A ,obviously poor, child got caught stealing some food in a outdoor market and the shop owner caught him. He beat the child right in front of everyone and no one came to his defense. Some people just don't care about anyone but themselves. Lloyd
• United States
7 Mar 07
i dont even see it as a crime since he was hungry. I have different morals i think than a lot of people though. So yea i think the government was cruel and immoral with his "punishment"
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• United States
7 Mar 07
This is an 8 year old child we're talking about here. He probably stole that loaf of bread because he was hungry. I don't see why the penalty was so harsh. That's extremely cruel to do that to a child that was hungry and looking for food.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
Jesus had freely given loaves of bread to the hungry according to the Bible...and now if a child who probably is hungry (who would steal bread if you are not hungry for food)is being punished in such a horrible way. I know stealing is bad but this boy must be desperate for food because nobody might not be kind enough to feed him or give him free food. I know we came from different cultures and background but we are all humans...at least we got something in common...compassion. But probably nowadays, that trait is already extinct in some places.
• United States
8 Mar 07
I think that form of punishment is WAY to harsh, especially for a young child. I do believe, however, that the more sever the punishment, the more the deterent. Take for instance, the U.S. ...you commit a crime, get a slap on the hand, and then sent back to the streets to do what??? Commit another crime. If the punishments fit the crime, I believe you would see the crime rate drop dramitically. Although I am not for physical violence as a form of punishment, I do believe stiffer and more harsh penalties for violating a law should be enacted and that those breaking the laws should be placed in detention and not the 5 star hotels they call prison.
@crazy_me (591)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
That is too harsh! Yes the boy stole something, but it is just a piece of bread. The punishment is way too much for his crime. Some people really just enjoy hurting other people. They could have just talked to the boy and told him in a nice way that stealing is bad. Teaching values through violence is very primitive.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I believe in consequences for your actions. But this is extreme. Why mess this boy's hand up for life due to a loaf of bread? How does that help him become a productive member of society? I don't understand.
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
That is really a cruel punishment...I don't know why there are such countries who punishes people wrongly..I saw one video coverage on tv I think it was in Jordan where they burned this couple for stealing ..first they stoned them then they poured gasoline and burned them...It was so cruel..I don't know why there are people who have such cold hearts...It is so heart breaking..:{
@egay679 (152)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
i think it is an unjust punishment given to an only 8-year-old kid. there should be some consideration given since he is only a boy and he may meant no harm in his stealing. maybe he was just hungry and stole that bread just at that moment. he may not be an old-time stealer. the justice system there should be revised coz they are being unfair to that poor kid...dont they have the heart? well, i know it is a common practice there and i cannot interfere with that but being a parent, it is a horrible thing to do.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I realize different cultures have different styles of punishment. But for crying out loud it's an eight year old child. I imagine he stole the bread out of need not desire to be bad. I think he should be punnished but driving a truck over his hand is a little over the top I say. I think the child could have been spoken to without causing bodily harm over a freaking loaf of bread.
@thepack (32)
• United States
8 Mar 07
it is horrrible but taht is how it is in some countries,excpially if they are very religous some feel stealing is stealing know matter what.
• United States
8 Mar 07
That's horrible! Well, I suppose every culture does things differently. The combination of the person being a small boy and stealing only a mere piece of bread make the punishment too extreme. I agree with what Jimbo said earlier, that our punishment system in the US is too soft, and we could rough it up a bit more. Just not the extent of what you saw.
@hey_baby (426)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
cruel and immoral i wonder where the parents of that kid was? where can i see that video?