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Young Thief in Iran
Punished by Running a Truck Over His Arm?-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: A sequence of pictures of a
truck running over the arm of a young boy. The text says he was a
starving Iranian child who had stolen some bread from the marketplace
and this was his punishment.
The Truth: This eRumor has circulated as
having happened in various Moslem countries, but came from an Iranian
We checked with Iranian sources who said this was more likely a street
performance than an act of Islamic punishment. The man in the picture is
holding a microphone and as gruesome as the pictures appear, the boy is
not harmed, but is part of the act. People gather around and pay
money for the performance and the boy walks away. Our
Iranian source also says that if this had actually be a public act of
punishment, it would have been carried out by a uniformed officer.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
An 8 year old starving child caught stealing bread in a market of Iran
is punished in a public place, in the name of Islam!!!
His arm will be crushed and will lose its use permanently.
A religion of peace and love, they say?
How can anyone believe them when they commit such inhuman acts?
Spread this example of peace
and love of Islam to your friends !!
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