This is turning out to be a horrific trend in China’s poorer areas.
A 42-year-old mentally disturbed woman has been found living in a cage in the woods in a Chinese village near the city of Kaili in Guizhou province, according to South China Morning Post.
Xiong Ximei was discovered by a high school student who was walking through the woods. The woman was living in miserable conditions in a 4-meter-square cage and was covered only by a thin blanket in the freezing cold.
Seeing her dismal condition, the student, 18-year-old Xiao Junyu, with the help of his friends, got her some warm clothes and shoes and reported the incident online to bring awareness to the woman’s situation.
“She told me she could put up with freezing cold weather as the worst was the summer,” the student stated. “She would often get attacked by mosquitoes, bugs and snakes. She was so frightened every night that she had to hide in the corner of her bed for fear of snake bites.”
The woman also has a living mother and brother who told the media that she developed her mental conditions after she left an unhappy marriage. His sister would have fits during which she would vandalize property and physically attack other people, so her family was eventually forced to lock her up in a cage 200 meters away from home to keep the other villagers safe.
The brother also said the family was too poor to afford medical treatment and whenever Ximei had one of her fits, he would be forced to give her tranquilizer injections.
“The local government is aware of the situation and provided 200 yuan (HK$225) in monthly subsidies,” he said.
In recent months, there have been several reported incidents in which people with mental disabilities were locked in cages by their relatives in China.
Earlier this month, it was reported that a 92-year-old woman was locked in a pigsty by her own son and daughter-in-law.
Another “mentally ill” young woman was locked up in a cage after she had a fight with her mother in the province on Hubei.
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