Boy to be caned in Zimbabwe for picture on Facebook

According to NY Daily News, a teenager from Zimbabwe was sentenced to caning as a punishment for a picture he posted on Facebook.

The picture was of a woman he had taken from his cellphone and posted to Facebook with a caption calling her a prostitute.

When the woman, who is friends with him on Facebook, saw the post online, she contacted the police. The woman did not know the photograph was being taken.

The 17-year-old boy was convicted of “criminal insult” and was sentenced to receive two strokes of the cane.

Caning is an accepted practice for punishment in Zimbabwe.


To read more, read the article from ABC News Radio.

About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Boy to be caned in Zimbabwe for picture on Facebook

  1. Pingback: Controversy: Teen to be caned for Facebook insult | Bazaar Daily News

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