A court in Zhumadian in Henan province ordered a city mental hospital to publish a public apology in local newspapers and pay the 38-year-old man 5,000 yuan (€646) in compensation, according to a copy of the June 26 judgment seen by The Associated Press.
The man, with the surname Yu, had been forcibly admitted to the institution in 2015 by his wife and relatives and diagnosed with “sexual preference disorder”, court documents show.
The court said forcing Mr Yu into a mental institution if he did not pose a danger to himself or others amounted to “infringing on the plaintiff’s right to individual freedom.”
Mr Yu’s lawyer expressed satisfaction with the outcome but declined to discuss the case, saying his firm asked him not to speak to the media. Mr Yu declined to comment.
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