Three employees of a care home were arrested for common assault on Wednesday, as part of a police investigation into the abuse of patients suffering from various mental disabilities.

An employee of the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) told Ming Pao on Monday that four staff at Harmony Manor in Sha Tin allegedly repeatedly stuck tape on patients’ nipples and bodies, and then ripped it off.

Harmony Manor.

The Hong Kong Joint Council of Parents of the Mentally Handicapped issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that they are shocked and angry to learn about the incidents.

“Patients with mental and learning disabilities do not know how to protect and express themselves. The impact of such insults to dignity, along with physical and mental trauma caused by bullying is far-reaching,” it read.

Pro-democracy activist Lui Yuk-lin, also known by her nickname “Lady Long Hair”, protested outside the care home on Wednesday. She attempted to break into the care home and stuck tape up at the entrance, Apple Daily reported.

The arrested employees, who include two women and a man, were granted bail and have to report to the police in mid-February.

Harmony Manor started operating in 2009 under the supervision of the Social Welfare Department.

Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.