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what about sending the governer himself to the mental hospital to receive electrica shocks? fortunately the victim didn't successfully killed himself and went out of the hospital after six years' suffering. i wonder whether he become a mentally illed person because of the treatment there and whether he was influenced by other patients' spiritual conditions. if not, that's so good, otherwise it's too crude to force a normal person to become a mad one.|
Zhao Tingyao, a vice-governor of Daliu township in Henan Province, was suspended last week after he reportedly forced a petitioner to live in a psychiatric hospital for more than six years, the China Youth Daily reported Sunday.
The saga began years ago when Xu Lindong, 56, a farmer in Daliu township, began his petition in 1998 after he and his neighbor, Zhang Guizhi, lost lawsuits against the township government over land disputes.
A new lawsuit is in the works.
Instead of getting his petition answered, the local government sent him to the hospitals starting in 2003.
Xu was sent to Zhumadian Psychiatric Hospital in 2003 and was transferred to Luohe Psychiatric Hospital in December 2009. His neighbor, Zhang, was sent to Luohe Mengyu Psychiatric Hospital in 2004 and left the hospital a year later.
Xu's medical record indicated he suffered from paranoid disorder in November 2003. The contact person on Xu's admission form is the vice-governor Zhao Tingyao.
The medical record said Xu received electric shocks five times.
However, Xu said he was tied up 48 times and received the shock treatment 54 times. He tried to commit suicide and escape during the six years he was detained in hospitals.
Xu's family members said they did not know Xu was sent to mental hospitals until one of them discovered it while visiting a doctor in 2007.
Family members also claimed that Zhumadian Psychiatric Hospital refused their request to remove Xu and take him home, saying it was up to the township government, the newspaper reported.
A district director surnamed Zhang said last Friday that they were entrusted by Xu's family. Zhang also said they did not know about the case before and that the government had started an investigation.
The vice-governor was suspended Friday, according to a notice released by a district government department Saturday.
Chang Boyang, Xu's lawyer, told the Global Times Sunday that the family will sue the township government and the two hospitals to ask for com-pensation due to the illegal detention.
Zhang Danwang, one of Xu's relatives, told the Global Times Sunday that Xu had a medical exam.
"The result of Xu's medical check is OK; we will take him home and go to do mental tests in a hospital appointed by the township government a few days later," Zhang said.
Zhang Zanning, a law professor from Southeast University, said hospitals have strict procedures about receiving psychosis patients and local gov-ernments have no right to send citizens to psychiatric hospitals.
Zhang said if the government sent someone to the psychiatric hospital without agreement from the person concerned and restricted one's liberty for over six years, both the government and hospital were involved in an illegal detention.
"Paranoid mental disorder is only a psychological obstacle, which doesn't require hospitalization," Zhang added.