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Man Standing on Baby Photo: Abuse or Just Bizarre?

Man Standing on Baby Photo: Abuse or Just Bizarre?

A disturbing photo of a man standing on an emaciated child has been angrily shared online. One angry caption reads: I WANT TO KILL THIS MAN…IF U R AGAINST CHILD ABUSE *PLEASE* LIKE N SHARE THIS.. Is this photo real or fake?

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The photo is real.

Angry comments appear to be justified, as there seems to be no reason why a grown adult would stand on a child in this manner. Oddly, the photo does not appear to have been published as an example of child abuse, but of a bizarre healing ritual. The photo was circulated at the end of 2010 and early 2011 as an example of an Indian witch doctor’s practice for curing sore throat and other ailments. Here is one such report.


In the eyes of many it is a clear case of child abuse, however the original story wasn’t presented as child abuse (although it certainly could have). It’s a prime example of a local 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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