Photo: Johan Knelsen, locked in a wooden box
The Canadian youth and his father belong to a Mennonite community in the Tres Cruces region of Bolivia.
Johan Knelsen was forced to live inside a wooden box for 8 weeks as religious punishment for using a cell phone, the radio, and having allegedly stolen 3 chickens.
Knelsen told news agencies that he had left the house, and when he returned he was suddenly tied up and thrown inside a wooden box.
Despite the apparent cleanliness of the box, the calm “rescue” and the allegations from the father and a local priest that the precarious punishment was only intended to straighten a troubled young man with metal problems, both men and the mother have been called to court and will have to answer for the crimes of imprisonment, attempted murder and torture.