Monday, 20. May 2013 - 09:05
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It's care in the community - Chinese style.
Troubled Hong Chunlin, 37, lies shackled to a bed by steel manacles, kept under lock and key by his own parents in Nanjing, Jiangs province, eastern China.
Mum Chen Jiufang, 71, says her son started to suffer from violent, psychotic episodes more than 20 years ago after a bout of severe depression when a teenage romance fizzled out.
His family say he reacts aggressively whenever he sees the colour red, the shade of the dress she was wearing when she broke off the relationship.
"We are ordinary farmers and we can't afford psychiatric hospitals or even the drugs the doctors say might control his behaviour. All I can do is keep him clean, safe and well fed," she explained.
"Seeing him in chains breaks my heart but if we didn't lock him up he would hurt us or himself. He can be quite violent," added Jiufang.
"I would dearly love him to become well again but we have no money and need some sort of benefactor to come forward and save him," she explained.
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