Indonesians who suffer from mental illnesses are still being chained and locked up, in spite of several laws banning it. The practice is called pasung.
The patients’ ankles or wrists will be tied to chains, without any access to toilets or any means of maintaining personal hygiene for years.
Mentally-ill patients are locked up in cells like criminals.
Patients are kept in a big room, with men and women separated by wire fences.
Relatives of patients practice pasung out of fear and shame. In one shocking case of pasung, a man shackled his daughter for 15 years.
The Indonesian government has addressed the situation and launched several initiatives, unfortunately the problem still persist.
If this wasn’t already enough, patients suffer different forms of abuse in these insittutions.
Dr. Brock Chisholm said, “Without mental health, there can be no true physical health.”