Kyodo News Service: Deaths Following Unnecessary Medical Treatment in Mental Hospitals

Beijing, Sept. 27 (Kyodo News Service) – Others are dying because of “medical treatment” forced on practitioners for incorrectly diagnosed mental illness.

Shi Bei, a 49 year old woman, died Sept. 10 after being injected with drugs in the eastern province of Hangzhou’s No.7 Mental Hospital, the rights group said. The hospital refused to serve regular food, but nonetheless forced “medication” on its reluctant patients. The hospital refused to confirm the death. Shi was hospitalized for mental illness in June 1999 for refusing to abandon Falun Gong.

Her son, who lives in Canada, said that his mother had no record of mental disease. He said his father remains in jail for practicing Falun Gong. The rights group said that 52 Falun Gong practitioners have died from maltreatment or torture since July 1999.

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