The Kathmandu Metropolitan Police have rescued twenty individuals from a so-called “rehabilitation home” run by Transformation Nepal in Sukedhara, Kathmandu.

The police investigated the situation after thirteen of the thirty-three people staying at the rehabilitation center escaped and reported that they had been held against their will and endured mental and physical torture there.

The home was originally meant to provide treatment and freedom from addiction to people who suffered from the use of drugs and alcohol, however, the escaped program participants report that they were tortured, mistreated, and denied the help that was promised.

A police team arrested the rehab homeowner Santosh Ghimire and his employee Samit Malla on the charge of torturing the patrons of his reform center.

At a news conference, Police Chief Basanta Lama reported, “Thirteen of the thirty-four inmates fled the rehab home and reported to the police the torture they had to endure there.” Lama also reported that preliminary investigation shows the owner took money from the parents of the inmates for the entire year at the rate of Rs 35,000 per person per month.

As of now, the extent of the physical and mental torture is not known, the rescued have been reunited with their families and police report that swift action will be taken to ensure the men are punished for their actions.

Written by: Benjamin J. Loecken