Indigenous boy burnt by classmates in Mexico

25 June 2022
2022-06-25 08:59

Prosecutors in Mexico worked Friday to determine if two children accused of dousing an Indigenous boy with alcohol and setting him alight at school should be charged with malicious wounding.

The attack in El Salitre in early June left the 12-year-old victim with burns to his legs and glutes. He underwent surgery this week, and was receiving treatment at a pediatric hospital in Queretaro on Thursday.

His family said the surgery was for skin grafting and the boy was reported to be in a stable condition. Relatives of the victim, the two accused and their legal guardians attended court on Friday.

A lawyer from local human rights organization said the attack could be an offense "considering (it is) discrimination, because he belongs to an Indigenous ethnicity in the state".

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