Legal experts deplored the public beating of a street child and called on authorities Thursday to arrest the men who were pictured standing with their feet on the boy’s back and head.
G.B.M. Kariuki, a member of the Law Society of Kenya, said the photograph of the badly beaten boy that was published Wednesday in the Daily Nation was a “grim painting of a sick society.”
Petty theft, often committed by street children, is fairly common in Kenya’s major cities.
If the thieves are caught, they are often beaten - and occasionally killed - by enraged bystanders. Police seldom intervene.