Two police officials have been suspended in China after they handcuffed a teenaged girl and made her walk up and down a street for accidentally spilling a drink on a government car.
The incident caused a stir on Chinese social networking sites, which were buzzing with posts from outraged citizens as the picture of the handcuffed 13-year-old hit the internet.
The officials have been accused of acting in a domineering manner with the child.
A post on a Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo , published on Monday, suggested that the officials started arguing with the girl after she accidentally spilled the drink on the government vehicle last month.
Following the argument, the officials handcuffed the girl and forced her to parade on the street for 20 minutes.
The incident took place in the county of Hezhang, Guizhou province, according to China's state-run news agency Xinhua.
The names of the officers who were suspended for involvement in the incident are Yuan Zehong, a Communist Party secretary, and officer Chen Song, according to the news agency.
Further investigations into the matter are ongoing.
A few Chinese news reports suggest that one of the officers, Yuan, admitted to handcuffing the girl but denied she was made to parade through the streets.
He also said that the girl was handcuffed because the police officers believed she was older than her actual age.
The incident is just one among a growing number of cases where police officials have been exposed on social media.
Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, has grown tremendously in the last few years and has turned into a powerful platform for users to discuss national debates and concerns.