By Benjamin Cost
It was recently discovered that a pathologically violent man in Guangzhou has been chained to a wall for 13 years. In a scenario more worthy of a dungeon in the dark ages than the 1990s, an elderly woman fastened her son to a wall via a leash-like chain after becoming disturbed by his increasingly unstable mental state.
Global Times reports:
Liu Jiuying, 82, said that her son, 44-year-old Zeng Xianzang, used to work as a manager in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Beginning in 1994, he started suffering from a mysterious mental disorder that caused headaches and episodes of aggressive behavior. His wife eventually left him and he soon returned to his hometown penniless.
“I realized that he’d simply lost his mind,” Liu said. “He would get incredibly violent around everyone who came near him, so starting in 1998 I had no other choice but to physically restrain him.”
Perhaps even more shocking than the event itself (or the fact that a then-70-year-old woman was able to subdue a violent man in his 30s) is that this is not a new phenomenon. In August a very similar story came out about a mother in Chongqing who chained her mentally ill son to the wall of a barn, naked.
Both mothers claim that this bizarre form of castigation is for their children’s own good, and worry about finding someone who can care for their children after they pass away.
Perhaps what should be more concerning than their parenting choices is the the fact that these mothers both felt their first and only option to deal with their sons’ mental problems was to chain them up like animals. It’s just another sad reminder of the pathetic state of China’s mental health system.
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