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(Global Times) A local court in Central China's Henan Province on Monday accepted a lawsuit filed by a gay man against a mental hospital after he was forcibly hospitalized for 19 days to receive treatment for a sexual preference disorder.|
Yu Hu (pseudonym), 37, was forced into care at the Second People's Hospital of Zhumadian by his family members on October 8 after he filed for divorce from his wife, according to a press release sent to the Global Times.
He was then hospitalized for 19 days, during which time he was made to receive injections and take medicines such as antidepressants.
"They did it simply because I am gay," Yu was quoted as saying in a press release. "I don't know how many other people have been treated like this. They must be held accountable."
Yu was rescued from the hospital on October 26 by local police, who had been alerted to his plight by a gay rights activist.
Accusing the hospital of violating his personal freedom, Yu demanded an apology and compensation of 10,000 yuan ($1,520).
Huang Rui, Yu's lawyer, told the Global Times, "The personal freedom of Chinese citizens is protected by law and cannot be infringed upon by hospitals or one's family members."
The third version of the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders, released in 2001, removed homosexuality and bisexuality from the list of disorders, following the lead of the 1980 US Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Although homosexuality and bisexuality have been removed from lists of mental disorders, a few clinics in several cities were still found to claim to be capable of "curing" homosexuality, said Huang.