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Woman asks for higher compensation

A LOCAL woman awarded 8,000 yuan (US$1,169) after her family sent her to a mental hospital lodged an appeal yesterday, saying the figure was not nearly high enough.

Yao Xiudi, 57, is seeking 100,000 yuan compensation for mental anguish and 8,000 yuan in legal costs from her family, Shanghai Mental Health Center and a doctor there identified as Li Yuying.

The Changning District People's Court ruled last November that the defendants were all at fault and should pay 8,000 yuan compensation.

Yesterday, the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court heard Yao's plea that the compensation was too low.

"I have suffered serious mental anguish since I was coerced to stay with patients with mental diseases for nine days while people were celebrating the Spring Festival," said Yao, who was released after it was confirmed there was nothing wrong with her.

The court heard that there had been a history of conflict between Yao and her family.

Yao's parents had bought a grave so they could be buried together but, when her mother died, Yao bought another grave and buried her there without telling the rest of the family.

Yao's father canceled her right to inherit and told her three sisters to send Yao to the Shanghai Mental Health Center for examination, the court heard.

On February 4, 2008, the sisters and Yao's ex-husband called an ambulance. Li, an acquaintance of one of the sisters, also helped force her into the hospital, Yao said.

The center was told Yao would threaten the family with a knife during quarrels.

Yao told the court her sisters, ex-husband and Li had been wrong to force her into the hospital and the center had broken the rules by detaining her for nine days when regulations stated a diagnosis had to be made within 72 hours.

Yao's family said because of Yao's behavior during arguments they suspected she had a mental disorder.


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