Today’s social media news feed dropped a disturbing photo into view, that of a a man standing on an emaciated child. The angry caption reads: I WANT TO KILL THIS MAN…IF U R AGAINST CHILD ABUSE *PLEASE* LIKE N SHARE THIS..
Angry comments follow, and for good reason. There is absolutely no good reason for someone to be standing on a child like that. But it’s not exactly child abuse per se, in that this photo was circulated at the end of 2010 and early 2011 as a bizarre story of an Indian witch doctor’s practice for curing a sore throat, and other ailments. Here is one such report. Again, in the eyes of this author, it is absolutely child abuse, however the original story wasn’t presented as child abuse – though it certainly could have. It’s a prime example of a culture’s acceptance of something the rest of the world finds revolting. Perhaps the photo’s caption should read “End Crazy Witch Doctor Practices” instead?
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