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  • People ranging in age from 10 to 50 are shackled to the floor in Sidoharjo, Karangpatihan and Krebet in Indonesia
  • They suffer from severe physical retardation, also known as ‘Kampung Idiot’, which is akin to Down Syndrome
  • Over 400 people suffer from psychosocial disabilities in Ponorogo, East Java – and many live below the poverty line
  • Government officials and villagers blame incest, malnutrition and iodine deficiency as the cause for the illness

This is the harrowing Indonesian village where people with mental illnesses are shackled to the floor and locked up in dark, cell-like rooms.

In Sidoharjo, Karangpatihan and Krebet, both adolescents and adults suffer from severe physical retardation, also known as ‘Kampung Idiot’, which is comparable to Down’s Syndrome.

The horrifying images show a 40-year-old woman called Sijum with Down’s Syndrome lying immobile on her back as her mother spoon-feeds her, while Saimun, 45, sits on the ground in his house, where his legs have been chained for 20 years by his parents because he suffers from mental illness.

‘Nobody should have to be shackled in Indonesia in 2016 – people told us again and again that it’s like living in hell,’ Kriti Sharma, disability rights researcher at the group and author of the report, told AFP.

As well as shackling, the report listed a litany of other abuses the mentally ill face in Indonesia – sexual violence, electroshock therapy, and restraint and seclusion in often overcrowded, unsanitary institutions.

There are just 48 mental hospitals in Indonesia, a country of 250 million, most of them in urban areas.

Treatment options are scarce for the millions living in remote regions, leaving desperate families to turn to faith healers in the Muslim-majority nation, some of whom chain up patients.

Source: Indonesian village’s mentally ill patients are pictured shackled or locked away | Daily Mail Online

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