Date
25 March 2017
A video grab of the incident show a worker in the Hong Chi Association center abusing a woman. Photos: Apple Daily, Sing Tao Daily
A video grab of the incident show a worker in the Hong Chi Association center abusing a woman. Photos: Apple Daily, Sing Tao Daily

Training center for mentally disabled accused of abuse

A center run by a non-profit organization to help people with learning disabilities is being accused of abuse after a male worker was caught on camera manhandling a female student.

The incident happened in January at the Hong Chi Association center in Fung Tak Estate in Diamond Hill, Apple Daily reports.

In the video footage, the man is shown stopping the female student and pushing her against a counter.

He grabs her chin and taunts her “hit me, hit me” as she fights to break free.

A witness described the woman as a 30-year-old with the mental age of a six-year-old.

The woman was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kwai Chung two months after the incident.  

The worker was later identified as a senior instructor, surnamed Wu.

He denied he ever used violence on students but told Apple Daily he sometimes resorts to harsh measures if they don’t follow instructions.

Lawmaker Fernando Cheung said two staff members forced an elderly resident to eat under Wu’s instructions.

The woman suffered bruises to her face as a result of the incident, he said.

Cheung said the incident, which took place in February, had been reported to the center’s management but no one was punished.

On Monday, Cheung reported both incidents to the police.

He urged Hong Chi to review its policies, saying use of force by staff against residents have become normal practice.

Hong Chi said it did not receive any complaints regarding the two incidents.

However, it said Wu will be transferred to another center and the staff members involved in the second incident were reprimanded.

A spokesman from the Social Welfare Department said Hong Chi has been asked to submit reports about the incidents.

Hong Chi Association, formerly known as the Hong Kong Association for the Mentally Handicapped, was founded in 1965 before it was renamed in 1997.

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