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Children beaten in India for stealing purse from Canadian MP's aide

Canadian MP says remarks on child purse-snatchers taken out of context
Last Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2008 | 2:52 PM ET
CBC News
A Canadian MP blasted by the Indian media over comments she made about the beating of two children who stole an aide's purse says her quotes were taken out of context.

Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla, who represents the riding of Brampton, Ont., is in India on a two-week tour with other parliamentarians.

During a Monday event in the town of Pohir, in the country's Punjab region, a boy and a girl, ages 5 and 9, allegedly stole a purse containing travel documents from Dhalla's assistant.

The purse was retrieved by police within 30 minutes and the children were beaten in the process. Reports about the severity of the beating vary. Many Indian media outlets reported the children were "beaten black and blue."

The CBC's Rohit Gandhi, reporting from New D

Added: Jan-11-2008 
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Tags: Children beaten, India, stealing purse, Canadian MP, Ruby Dhalla
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