October 6th, 2011
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Boy who imitated Spiderman, strangles to death

spiderman boySharja: An 11 year old boy who imitated his favourite super herocharacter, Spiderman accidentally hanged himself with his own karate belt. Daniel Baby tried to imitate a stunt by tying one end of the karate belt to the door and the other end as a noose around his neck, before jumping down from a chair. His parents had been away at work.

When his mother returned from work, the boy did not open the door and when she broke open the door with the help of neighbours, the boy was found trapped on his karate belt. Even though he was rushed to the hospital, they could not rescue the boy.

The only son of Baby Kuriakkose and Valsamma Joseph, hailing  from Palarivattaom, Kerala, the boy adored cartoon characters.  He made several paper cut-outs of Spiderman and other cartoon characters that dominate his room. His father is an accountant with a shipping company and his mother a nurse in Al Mawarid. The Indian family residing near Adnoc petrol station in Mysaloon area of Sharjah is grief-stricken. The boy’s schoolmates are also saddened by the tragic accident.

The sixth standard student of Delhi Private School, Sharjah, has been learning karate. “Karate dress and belt should be under the custody of the parents and they should not be given outside the instruction. It seems the boy was trying to imitate Spiderman when the accident happened. We teach karate for self-discipline and self discipline. The parents should monitor students when they are at home. It is a physical and mental development exercise,” said Shefin Ramakrishnan, Secretary, Karate Masters Association.

Sharjah Police is investigating the death and the boy’s body is kept in police morgue and will be repatriated to India.







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