CHINESE FATHER CHAINS MENTALLY ILL SON UP IN A CAVE – Cheng Xingtoa, now 26, was born blind and mentally disabled and after his father, Cheng Yuanchao, 70, lost his home he had little choice but to abandon him.
Cheng Yuanchao tells how after losing his home he had to move in with his two daughters but there simply wasn’t room in the house for Cheng Xingtoa and that the family could not properly care for him.
His only solution was to move Cheng Xingtoa into a nearby cave and chain him up. Blind and mentally ill, Cheng Xingtoa, is visited by his father three times a day; to provide him with food and water.
Cheng Xingtoa is chained at the ankle and lives naked in his cave in the Chengling village, Henan province. His father reported that he tried to clothe him but he simply tears them off. He also said that he had no choice but to chain his son up as without the chains he would simply run off – Cheng Yuanchao worries that his son, being blind as well as mentally disabled, would end up hurting himself.
This revelation has sent shockwaves throughout China as the story went viral on the internet. The Chinese people are said to be outraged and clearly shows that the system fails not only Cheng Xingtoa but many more like him.
“I have no home of my own now and nowhere to house my son. This is the best I can do. I visit him three times a day with food and water so he is never hungry of thirsty.
The chain is there only so he doesn’t run off and hurt himself.” Cheng Yuanchao
Cheng Yuanchao went on to say that he is just a poor man and has never been able to afford doctors; who might be able to help Cheng Xingtoa.
Cheng Yuanchao admits that it pains him to see his son living as he does but there is simply no choice.
With the Chinese public enraged by this latest revelation most are calling the situation appalling and unacceptable for anyone to live in such conditions; with some noting that even animals are treated better in China than Cheng Xingtoa.
As China slowly embraces capitalism; albeit heavily controlled by the Chinese Politburo, the world’s diplomats are calling on China for more change in order to create a more socially responsible society; especially in the areas of care for the sick, disabled, children and elderly.