A 92-year-old Chinese woman who was reportedly kept for years by her son in a pigsty (a pen or enclosure for pigs) has sparked outrage online.
BBC reports that the woman, surnamed Yang, was kept in the degrading space by her son and daughter-in-law without food and basic clothes. They also frequently beat her.
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A video of the woman’s appalling living conditions appeared on China’s Twitter-like social media platform Weibo, causing national outrage. Local government officials have however rescued the rag-clad old woman following the emotional viral video. She is currently receiving treatment at a local hospital, but has not fully recovered.
However, Yang's son and daughter-in-law in defense, claim that she voluntarily moved into the door-less, fence-and-stone-enclosed “kitchen” beside their house, denying that she was kept in a pigsty, the Nanguo Morning News said.
The videos and photos infuriated Chinese netizens, who accused her children of “inhumane” and “animalistic” behaviour, saying that the son and daughter-in-law “will be treated in the same way by their children when they get old”.