Caged: A woman has locked her son in a chicken shed - for 13 years
Standing in pyjamas in a chicken lot with a rusty chain and a metal gate, thisChinese man has been kept imprisoned by his mother for an incredible 13 years. She claims she was forced to lock up her son Tang Shuangqiang, 46, after he became depressed when he was abandoned by his girlfriend, and was diagnosed as suffering from mental problems when a short while later his father died.
According to the Xinhua News network, his mother Cheng said: "He was depressed and he was also violent to a neighbour, and because I couldn't afford proper care for him we had to lock him up." And although locals in Yangliu village in Shaoyang city in south China’s Hunan province knew about the man's imprisonment, nobody did anything about it until recently when his former friends from school decided to stage a reunion.
Chicken Shed: Chinese man Tang Shuangqiang has been kept imprisoned by his mother for 13 years
Tang was the only one that didn't turn up, and several of his former friends decided to visit his mother and find out what had happened to him. Guo Hsiung said: "We had not seen him for 28 years but still wanted to find out what had happened to him, and were shocked to find him locked up in the henhouse.
"He is confined in a space of just six square metres and apparently has been there for 13 years. His mother thinks he is suffering from schizophrenia but the fact is he's never had any help." They said they had taken these snaps and posted them online in the hope that there might be a solution for their old school mate.
Unbelievable Conditions: The man's mother says the caging is necessary 'for his own safety'
But his mother, now aged 66, said: "I am too old now to stop him if he is still violent and my husband is no longer here, and I don't have any solution other than keeping him locked up.
"Of course it would be fantastic if there was another alternative, but I'm simply not capable of paying anything as my pension is the only money I have."
She added: "I sometimes wonder what's going to happen to him when I die, and there will be no one left to take care of him."