Boy, seven, tied to pole to attract bees 'as punishment for stealing'

Boy, seven, is tied to a wooden pole and covered in honey to attract BEES by his Egyptian father ‘as punishment for stealing’

  • Egyptian boy, seven, was allegedly tied to a pole by his father as a punishment
  • Father is accused of tying son to pole and covering him in honey to attract bees
  • It was allegedly a punishment for his son, Muhammad, being accused of theft
  • The child was put on the roof of house, where he attracted insects

An Egyptian schoolboy was allegedly tied to a wooden pole by his father and covered in honey to attract bees as punishment for stealing.

The boy, seven, was reportedly subjected to the cruel punishment on May 25 after a neighbour accused him of theft in the Egyptian governorate of Qalyubia.

A shocking picture shows the child, identified as Muhammad D, lying on the floor with his hands bound to a wooden pole behind his back, while insects appeared to swarm on his skin.

A boy, seven, was allegedly tied to a pole (pictured) and covered in honey to attract insects by his Egyptian father, 34, who has not been named, as a cruel punishment

The 34-year-old father, whose name has not been disclosed, has been arrested after he allegedly bound his young son to the wooden pole and covered his skin with honey.

The man then reportedly placed Muhammad on the roof of their house, where he attracted swarms of mosquitoes and bees due to the sticky honey all over his body.

It is not known how long the child was left on the roof.

It was allegedly a punishment by his father after a neighbour accused the boy (pictured) of theft in Qalyubiyya Governorate, Egypt

Local media said Muhammad’s mother, 29, who was not named, was horrified when she saw her son’s punishment and sought help from a child rescue group.

The mother took pictures of the brutal scene, which are now being used as evidence against the father.

Muhammad was found in a ‘deplorable’ state by the authorities following the alleged punishment and he was checked by medical experts, who recorded the extent of his injuries. 

There have not been any further reports on Muhammad’s condition. 

Prosecutors from Qalyubia were contacted after the mother’s plea for help and have reportedly opened an investigation.

The mother, who is now staying in a different village, claimed the man would repeatedly beat her and look for new ways to torture their child, even depriving him of food and water for long periods of time, according to Al Arabiya.

The suspect has been arrested by the authorities but it is unclear if he has been formally charged yet.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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