Thats really important, if JW shun someone it leads automatically to a drastic social problem. Because this person has no close contact with outsiders and no contact with insiders any longer, because it has been "JW-socialized".
In Europe we have approx. 3 Mio. Jehovahs witnesses altogether (please give better data if you have). [interested may be 6 Mio]
On average 1 % is disfellowshipped annually and has no family contact any more, they are not repantent or simply ceased to believe in the doctrine.
In the last 10 years we can estimate that 300000 european followers have gone through the HELL OF SHUNNING.
1/3 returned after the hell to the Borg, the remainin 2/3 (200000 europeans citizens are socially excluded and need approx. 5-10 years to socialise again, find new friends. New jobs even, if a brother worked in an enterprise of a brother.
200.000 shunned Europeans (10 years) Most of them have family in Jehovahs witness church.
So lets assume 1 excommunicated has 4 close family members (father, mother, sister, brother) that are not talking with him again any more.
this makes 200.000 x 4 = 800.000 Persons closely concerned with Shunning of Jehovahs witnesses in Europe alone. If we take more years, back the last 20 years we would come to a higher amount, even up to nearly 2 Million Europeans concerned.
if 30.000 are shunned annually worldwide we have 120.000 concerned people and brains.
if 50.000 are shunned annually worldwide we have 200.000 family members concerned and brains.
In former times the amount of shunned ones was not so high because the amount of "member brains" was less.
The hell of shunning is not only a psychlogicyla trauma and stress for 2 Mio Europeans but results in drastic costs for health care, medicamentaion and therapy, oftens lifelong social problems and even suicides.
Its definitely a case for Human rights office of the United Nations. They will hear soon of it. There are many helping those who are captive and cant speak for themselves. The time is near
What is shunning
Meant is not a merely shunning on private level but a consquence of an institutional investigation, according to procedure and combined with a public proclamation that leads to shunning of a member of the community. That is not the choice of the individual alone any more it is institutional shunning and harmful practise. Therefor it has a social aspect too.
members of them love their belief and the family and friends, they only
disagree with certain aspects of doctrine like the institutional shunning, the leadership abilities of the highrankers.
labeled as "disobidient, independent thinkers" they face the excommunication.