CAIRO: A father has been arrested in Egypt after his wife accused him of torturing their 7-year-old son by tying him to a stick and smearing him with honey to attract bees and other insects.
The prosecution office in the Delta city of Shebin al-Qanater has launched extensive investigations into the case of the child who was exposed to the bizarre form of punishment about a week ago.
In pictures found on the mother’s phone, the boy can be seen bound hand and foot to a stake after he was smeared with honey and left exposed to the sun to attract insects.
Local reports said the father resorted to this punishment – a type of torturing method used in the ancient times - to “discipline” the child after neighbors accused him of theft.
The horrified mother sought help from a child rescue body in Egypt which referred the incident to the prosecution.
The mother said her husband brutally beats her and the children constantly.
The man is now in custody undergoing investigation.