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Chinese father dangled son above river to make him do homework

Video of man punishing boy widely criticised on social media in China

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2017, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2017, 12:46pm

A father in western China dangled his child centimetres above a river to force him to do his maths homework.

The news website Chinanews.com published a video on Monday showing the father from Meishan in Sichuan province hanging his son by a rope from a pulley at the side of the river.

The video showed the child pushed off a parapet and lowered towards the surface of the water.

The seven-year-old boy appeared terrified and begged his father to stop.

The father then tested the child on arithmetics questions as he dangled above the water.

More than a dozen people surrounded the father and watched him question the child.

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While some passers-by expressed sympathy for the boy, others were giggling and chattering during the video.

The footage immediately caused a stir on the internet, with some commentators saying such abuse would adversely affect the child.

One person wrote on social media: “I think the child will no longer want to learn. Now he will relive the trauma at the sound of the word ‘maths’. He was once open to be taught, but now no longer is.”

Other social media users condemned the crowd for laughing during the incident.