A girl locked away after for SIX years, parents ordered her to split up with boyfriend

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 15:14

Woman, 24, 'was kept in a shed and had to sleep on straw for six years after her parents locked her up because they did not like her boyfriend'

Zhang Qi kept in shed in China's Hubei province since 2009, it is claimed

Allegedly locked away after parents ordered her to split up with boyfriend

The 24-year-old's parents 'told villagers that their daughter was mentally ill'

Pictures exposed by villager who said Qi was being 'treated like an animal'

A Chinese woman was kept in a filthy shed and 'treated like an animal' after her parents locked her up because they did not approve of her boyfriend, it has been claimed.

Zhang Qi, 24, was allegedly forced into the dilapidated building in Jingang in central China's Hubei province, after her mother and father ordered her to split up with her lover in 2009.

Despite being told the relationship was over, she tried several times to run away - but her parents told everybody she was mentally ill and being locked up for her own protection, a villager said.

Chow Jen, 50, said: 'Her parents are powerful people here and everyone was told not to interfere.

'Everyone knew about the girl in the house. I moved away and only come back to visit occasionally so I don't care about their threats, and that's why I was happy to expose these pictures online after the local authorities refused to do anything.'

He said they had claimed that she was mentally unstable and locking her up was for her own good - and that villagers then forced themselves into pretending it was not their business.

There has been no official comment on the claims or on the current status of the young woman since the images were posted.

But many copies have been removed by Chinese censors without reason being specified, it has been reported.

Chow Jen said: 'Every time I came back for Chinese New Year I went to visit her secretly.

'On my latest visit though I saw her lying on a pile of straw with a couple of blankets and some food around her and I just decided enough was enough.

'Whether what they say about her having mental problems is true or not, she is being treated like an animal here and I'm sick of it so I contacted the police, and then posted the images online.' (Daily Mail)