Mutiur Rehman believes he’s Jesus, and that he is Tupac‘s prodigy. Yes, that Tupac, the deceased rapper we’re all familiar with. Before you laugh, consider this: how long can you be alone, before you start to hallucinate?
According to accounts from Rehman’s family members, it took him about a year to start hearing things. In total, he spent 18 months in solitude against his will.
This all happened at the infamous Innes Road jail in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This jail has been under scrutiny for its inhumane treatment of inmates; including locking them in shower rooms, overcrowding, and its use of solitary confinement.
Now, Mutiur Rehman has received a diagnosis of schizophrenia, an illness that can be exacerbated by stress. His mother and father believe the stress and loneliness of being in prison for two years caused him to hear voices.
It’s irrelevant why Rehman was in the Innes Road jail, and what he did or didn’t do. Inmates aren’t monsters or demons deserving of punishment: they are human beings. Fundamentally, people do not deserve abuse.
To help you understand Schizophrenia a bit better, I have added some videos to this post: