Controversial photos have found their way online showing a woman being arrested for stealing while a placard reading “I am a thief” hangs around her neck.
According to local reports, the incident occurred last week in Sichuan’s Nanchong city. The woman, around 40 years old, was caught attempting to steal an electric scooter by neighborhood security who held her into police arrived.
At some point during that time, the woman was forced to wear a shameful accessory — a sign that reads “I am a thief.” It’s not clear who placed the placard around the woman’s neck.
Chinese legal experts have called the act of public humiliation “unacceptable,” arguing that even if she was caught red-handed, she deserves her day in court. However, Chinese netizens have been less diplomatic.
“While this is very humiliating for a person, I don’t believe that thieves are people,” reads the top comment on one Weibo thread.
Placards hung around the neck used to be a popular form of punishment for class enemies during the Cultural Revolution in China, but have started to come back into vogue recently. Last month, a mouse was made to “apologize” after stealing rice from a shop.
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