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Mother sets 6-year-old son on fire for stealing money from her

By Mason White 1:27 PM June 7, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman was arrested for setting her son on fire for stealing money.

6-year-old Sahil Kumar of Rampura Basti in Bikaner, India, was rushed to a hospital after he was set on fire by his mother when he was caught stealing Rs 5 ($0.08).

Kumar suffered burns to nearly 40 percent of his body, especially on his thighs, genital area, hands, abdomen and chest.

The boy told police that his mother burned him after he took her money and went to a nearby store to buy a snack.

The mother spotted her son and snatched away the money from him. When they got home, she poured kerosene on the boy, and threw a burning match on him.

Kumar said that he started screaming in pain. His aunt and grandmother, who were in the house at the time, came to his aid and used water to put out the fire.

The mother was taken into police custody after the incident.