Saddam’s hanging video was a bad example of journalism from all quarters! But some of its effects could not have been imagined! Ever since his hanging there have been at least 3 hangings by kids – less than 15 yr old.. in a masochistic bid to see how it feels.. THIS is what irresponsibility in journalism can bring us to..
Those immature minds cannot distinguish between right and wrong and end up taking one wrong turn for everyone to feel the pain! The kids who hung were from Texas, Kolkatta (India), and Multan (Pakistan)! Any link or patterns? NO! Except the tragic choice of the media!
Moral: Please be careful on what you let your kids view on TV because things that are “at the edge” can affect those young minds in various ways that you cannot predict.. and it does not matter which culture the incident pertains to – your child could be the next victim!!! Read about these below:
This one was in Kolkatta..
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s execution has had a mixed reaction in India. While the government expressed its disappointment over his execution, the Left and some sections of the Muslim community accused the US of masterminding the Iraqi leader’s killing, and there were the Shiatte population in different Indian towns who expressed jubilation over the hanging.
But nowhere, probably not even in Iraq did an ardent supporter of Saddam express his or her loyalty and sorrow over the execution by taking his or her own life.
So it was quite surprising that a 15 year old girl from Kolkata’s suburbs to kill herself in response to Saddam’s execution, even though the city is well known for its anti-US feelings and stance.
According to a report by a foreign news agency, the girl, Moon Moon Karmarkar hanged herself for wanting to “feel the pain Saddam did during the execution”.
“She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn’t take her seriously when she told us that she wanted to feel the pain, Saddam did during the execution,” the girl’s father Manmohan Karmakar was quoted as saying.
According to Manmohan, Moon Moon had become extremely depressed after watching Saddam’s execution on television.
“She kept watching the scene over and again and didn’t take food on Saturday and Sunday to protest the hanging,” he said.
A 10 year old texas boy..
“I don’t think he thought it was real. They showed them putting the noose around his neck and everything. Why show that on TV?”
(CBS/AP) Police and family members said a 10-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Sergio Pelico was found dead Sunday in his apartment bedroom in the Houston-area city of Webster, said Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch. Pelico’s mother told police he had previously watched a news report on Saddam’s death.
“It appears to be accidental,” Claunch said. “Our gut reaction is that he was experimenting.”
An autopsy of the fifth-grader’s body was pending.
Julio Gustavo, Sergio’s uncle, said the boy was a happy and curious child.
He said Sergio had watched TV news with another uncle on Saturday and asked the uncle about Saddam’s death.
“His uncle told him it was because Saddam was real bad,” Gustavo said. “He (Sergio) said, ‘OK.’ And that was it.”
Sergio’s mother, Sara Pelico DeLeon, was at work Sunday while Sergio and other children were under the care of an uncle, Gustavo said. One of the children found Sergio’s body in his bedroom.
Police said the boy had tied a slipknot around his neck while on a bunk bed. Police investigators learned that Sergio had been upset about not getting a Christmas gift from his father, but they don’t believe the boy intentionally killed himself.
and a 9 yr old Pakistani boy from Multan:
A young boy who tried to copy hanging scenes from the execution video of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died in central Pakistan, said police on Monday.
Mubashar Ali, 9, hanged himself, while re-enacting Hussein’s hanging with the help of elder sister, 10, after tying a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck in his home in Rahim Yar Khan district on Sunday, said a local police official.
The father of the deceased boy said that his children had been watching the video of Saddam Hussein’s execution on television and attempted to imitate the hanging as other family members thought they were playing in another room.
“My wife and sister rushed to rescue Mubashar when children cried for help from the adjoining room, but he died due to hanging,” said Alamgir Paracha, father of Mubashar.
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