Pakistani police uncover chained rehab patients at Islamic seminary
Tuesday 13 December 2011
Pakistani police discovered drug addicts
held in chains at an Islamic seminary that offered rehabilitation
services, and said today that young children were also sometimes
shackled at the institution.
The parents of around 60 young men at the seminary in the southern port city of Karachi paid it to treat their children through a regime of Islamic instruction and worship, or simply to take them off their hands.
Patients who tried to escape or were dealing drugs were chained together, police officer Akram Naeem.
Some children as young as eight were also taking regular Islamic instruction at the seminary in the southern city of Karachi, said policeman Rao Anwar Ahmed. He said they too were sometimes chained, if they were disobedient.
Police arrested an administrator at the complex during the raid on Monday night, which was reportedly due to a tip off.
There is little or no state help for drug addicts in Pakistan, and other seminaries in the country offer similar treatment. Some mental patients are also chained at institutions around the country and in other developing nations.
Pakistan has thousands of unregulated seminaries offering free or cheap education, food and lodging for poor children. Reports of abuse at such centers occasionally surface.
Video footage taken after the raid showed men in chains and the grubby basement room where they were held, along with bedding. The men had no obvious signs of mistreatment.
Several parents, who paid the seminary around $150 to take their children, protested the raid at a local police station.
"I brought my grown up son here because he is a drug addict and he was making my life miserable," one told a local television station. "I don't want to take him back."
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...