Boy’s forehead tattooed with ‘I’m a thief’ over bike theft accusation

Brazil: A teenager was tortured by two men in south-eastern Brazil as they tattooed “I’m a thief” on teenager’s forehead. The police said that the men have been arrested.

The accused men told that the 17-year-old boy had tried to steal a bike, which he denies. His family says he has mental health problems and is a drug user, BBC reports.

The two men were identified by the Police after they shared a video of them making the tattoo. An online campaign has been created to help the boy get the tattoo removed. The suspects, aged 27 and 29, confessed to writing the message, which said in Portuguese “I’m a thief and loser”, as a “punishment”.

Police in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, in Sao Paulo state, have not yet confirmed that the attempted robbery took place. The boy said he had fallen over the bike for being drunk and he did not try to steal it.

The boy told that the two men caught him, after tying tattooed him.
“I asked them to make the tattoo on my arm but they said they would do it on my forehead and started laughing,” he told. “I begged them to break my arms and legs instead,” he said.

They also cut his hair after he tried to hide the tattoo. The teenager’s family said he went missing on 31 May and recognised him after seeing the video, which was uploaded on Friday. He was reunited with his family on Sunday. The online campaign to help him has raised more than 19,000 reais ($5,800; £4,500).