The man is pictured standing before a banner which reads: “Colluded with foreigners to swindle brother’s possessions. Confesses crime and cautions others on his deathbed.”
A 65-year-old man has sent himself to the stocks in the streets of Guangdong, reports Netease News.
This Guangdong footpath was made to resemble a medieval scene of public humiliation as crowds gathered around the frail man, whose hands were bound by manacles and a portable pillory slung from his neck.
The man, who was rendered mute by a laryngectomy to remove cancer in his voice box and is only able to communicate by writing on a whiteboard, appeared in public to seek penance for his crimes.
In 2007, the man cheated his younger brother of 20 million shares via an unscrupulous forgery. He was cast out by the outraged family for his continual denial of the crime.
A heightened sense of morality effected by his terminal affliction has now inspired the man to repent for his sins before his death. He hopes publicly shaming himself will bring atonement and mend the shattered relationship with his family.
Perhaps we may soon see this style of public degradation for confessions by corrupt officials in the crackdown on corruption. At the very least, it would have been a suitable way for Clive Palmer (the Australian politician who called the Chinese “mongrels”) to apologise for his senseless rant—although they might need to find a roomier pillory.
By Liam Bourke