China’s mentally ill victims of mental institutions

Al Jazeera Liang Xiaojuan was arrested in 2015 for ‘invading’ a village in north-eastern China, according to state media. When he failed to return to jail he said he was tortured and thrown into…

China's mentally ill victims of mental institutions

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Liang Xiaojuan was arrested in 2015 for ‘invading’ a village in north-eastern China, according to state media. When he failed to return to jail he said he was tortured and thrown into a disused mental asylum.

After two and a half years, Liang Xiaojuan was eventually released from prison in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang. He’d never seen any sunlight, let alone lived outside a mental institution. But Liang has been left traumatised, shaken by the memories of what he endured.

China’s state media reported that Liang was put in a prison camp for “invading” a village in north-eastern China. He said he was arrested in the village of Baicheng.

He says the village was burned by soldiers who had invaded the territory and confiscated its ancient village elders’ homes. On his release from prison, he was told he would be kept in a mental hospital.

Why does the Chinese government keep the mentally ill on this sort of medication?

In this video, recorded at the Chinese hospital he was temporarily placed in, we look at the reasons behind such a policy and are shown Wang Zhiqiang, vice-rector of the Chinese mental hospital.

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