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Police and army personnel have rescued a seven-year old boy who was tied to a wooden pole in a house and caned allegedly by her aunt as a punishment after he was caught stealing at a convenience store.
The rescue mission followed widespread sharing of the image of the victim tied to a pole in the social media with a brief message saying that the incident took place in Banglane district of Nakhon Pathom.
The authorities, led by Pol Col Chatpong Sookboonchuthep, superintent of Banglane police, launched an investigation into the case and found out the whereabout of the crime scene and a raid followed.
The victim was in the state of exhaustion when he was rescued by the officials. He was rushed to Banglane district hospital where it was confirmed that he was abused.
The victim’s grandmother reportedly told the police that her own daughter who is the boy’s aunt beat him up after he was caught stealing a six-baht candy from a convenience store.
She said that her daughter was made to pay the store 300 baht and the boy was freed without charges. Upon returning home, she added that her daughter was enraged, beat up the boy and had him tied to a wooden pole in the house.
Police said that they could not take legal action against the tormentor because it is a sensitive issue but he was put on probation anyway. The victim was however sent to a child care centre of the Children’s Foundation in Nakhon Pathom for a temporary stay while it was yet to be settled on how to resolve the family problem.