Heilongjiang: A 16-year-old Chinese teen has been convicted for allegedly starving her mother to death by tying her up in a chair for almost a week after being forced by her mother to join a internet de-addiction centre.
According to a report in The Washington Post, the accused said that she was beaten up and mistreated at the de-addiction centre.
Internet treatment centres in China are aimed at curing teens addicted to internet or any other behavioural problems. However, these centres are often poorly maintained, reports say.
The girl has also been accused of stabbing her father with a knife, following an argument between the two. Her father is currently hospitalised and is undergoing treatment.
Her parents were concerned about her behavior and became increasingly worried after she dropped out of school. After a suggestion made by her aunt, the accused's parents decided to send her to the de-addiction camp that claimed to have cured more than 7,000 people.
However, four months after admitting her to the centre, the accused ran away. She returned to her parents' house and claimed that she was beaten up at the centre. She also told her parents that the trainers at the centre forced students to eat in front of the pit latrine.
In a journal post published on August 25, the accused wrote,
"When you mentioned it to your relatives, they all said: 'Isn't it all in the past? We love you, you should forget all those things.
I am angry. People point at my nose and call me unfilial and worse than a beast. It was them who sent me there. It was them who cursed me and beat me, it was them who sabotaged my life and libeled my character; but it was also them who said they loved me. My friends here, if it were you, what would you do?
I will use their money to practice boxing and martial arts, and ambush them later. I will make them disabled, if not die."...