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Jakarta Post

300 mentally-ill still shackled in Bali: NGO

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Thu, January 19 2012   /  08:19 am

A local NGO has divulged that as many as 300 mentally-ill people are still confined with wooden stocks by their families across the island and is urging the provincial administration to design a humane and comprehensive approach in dealing with mentally-ill persons.

The Suryani Institute for Mental Health said that the mentally-ill persons have yet to get proper treatment. As of last year, the NGO has only been able to help 60 people confined with wooden stocks in Karang asem and Buleleng.

“We have limited budget, so we have only been able to reach 60 of the 300 people throughout Bali,” said Tjokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana, the NGO’s secretary, earlier this week.

The 60 people have been confined with wooden stocks for years. Some have been chained for 30 years. Sixty percent of them are in their productive ages of between 20 to 45 years old.

Most of them di...