Boy, 9, locked in cage and thrown in lake for stealing

Boy, 9, locked in cage and thrown in lake for stealing
Jin Hung’s punishment only ended when police arrived (Picture: CEN)

A nine-year-old boy was locked in a cage for a day and then thrown into a lake for stealing.

According to local media, Jin Hung was forced into a small cage after residents found out he had been stealing money from neighbours.

After an entire day spent in the cage, the nine-year-old was then tossed into a shallow lake, where he was told to remain while locals hurled insults at him.

‘We all knew in the village that there was somebody stealing, if it wasn’t eggs from our henhouse or vegetables, and even on some occasions cash from inside empty properties,’ said Yuan Kang, one of the neighbours.

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‘When he was caught red-handed we went round to his house and demanded to see inside his room, where we found a jar filled with money hidden under his bed.

‘This was obviously his ill gotten gains, and he needed to be taught a lesson that stealing is wrong.’

The punishment only ended when Jin’s parents called police, who took the boy, shivering and crying, from the water.

Photos of the nine-year-old’s punishment sparked intense debate on Chinese social media site Weibo, with some saying it was cruel and other saying it was fair.

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14 March 2015 | 5:25 pm – Source:


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