Email As heartbreaking as they are horrific, three cases of extremely violent torture of children have made headlines in recent days, leaving observers to wonder how anyone could be so cruel. In two of the cases, the children died. In one, a man stomped and kicked a toddler, believed to be his son, in front of witnesses, and in the other, a year-old boy was tied to a tree for two nights. In the third case, Los Angeles police characterized the lengthy torture of a 5-year-old boy as one of the worst cases of child abuse they had ever seen. He was burned with cigarette butts all over his body, including his genitals, and forced to place his hands on a hot stove.
Definition of Torture Torture includes such practices as searing with hot irons, burning at the stake, electric shock treatment to the genitals, cutting out parts of the body, e. For an attempt to make some distinctions in this area see Lauritzen Most of these practices, but not all of them, involve the infliction of extreme physical pain. For example, sleep deprivation does not necessarily involve the infliction of extreme physical pain. However, all of these practices involve the infliction of extreme physical suffering, e. Indeed, all of them involve the intentional infliction of extreme physical suffering on some non-consenting and defenceless person.