How is it possible in one of the world’s oldest democracies that a person can be held in solitary confinement for two years until he develops mental illness.
And that person is forced to sleep in a shower cell.
Has his mattress taken away.
Who started hallucinating after so long in solitary.
Who was so mentally ill that he was deemed to be unfit for trial.
Whose jailer would not discuss the man’s case due to privacy considerations.
Where did this occur? Stalinist Soviet Union? Hitler’s Germany?
No. The Ottawa-Carleton Regional Detention Centre.
Rehman’s treatment should not have occurred to a dog. Crime or no crime, he is a human being, not someone to be tortured. Our civilization is not determined by how we treat the priviledged but how we treat those with little.
In Rehman’s case, our civilization fared poorly.
Rehman’s treatment is a stain on all who were in charge of his custody and to our community that such a horror could be allowed to occur.
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