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Health Minister: Repeal of the   Draconian Mental Health Law
  • Petitioned Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad

This petition was delivered to:

Union Health Minister
Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad

Health Minister: Repeal of the Draconian Mental Health Law

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

India is home to 30-40 million people living with psychosocial disabilities or what we refer to as disability caused due to a ‘mental illness’.

 The archaic Mental Health Act of 1987, an offshoot of the colonial Lunacy Acts, makes people with ‘unsound’ mind non-human! They are not considered to have opinions, wishes or feelings; and cannot act upon their own will, as per laws.

 The Disability Act of 1995 defines ‘mental illness’ as a disability. India has also ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that talks about India’s obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights ofALL persons with disabilities.

 However, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare seems to be ‘unaware’ of this. Nothing explains why then it has come out with a Mental Health Care (MHC) Bill, while completely failing to include mental health & well being to the Right to Health Act!

 The draft of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2012 recently unveiled by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE) guarantees the ‘legal capacity’ and the ‘right to choice’ of all persons with disabilities, including those with psychosocial disabilities. The Ministry of Health has gone drastically against CRPD and the draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill and has advocated for involuntary incarceration and continuing with electric shock treatments and even lobotomies!

 

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. India- World Mental Health Day: Activists question new mental health bill

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer
      Activists question new mental health bill to be proposed

      A new mental health bill will soon be presented to the Cabinet for approval. But activists say the bill is only an eyewash. India has the highest suicide rates in the world, said a Lancet study. 10 per cent adult Indians have mental health disorders, according to the World health Organisation and an estimated 1 million Indians are in need of mental health services.

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • joan wilson MPLS, MN
      • 11 months ago

      I have worked 36 years of inpatient psychiatry In the US and find the reductionist position that are held in your country to be I humane when other community outreach and support options can enhance the humanity of those not demonstrating a violent background and benefitting from compassionate care with periodic oversight by psychiatrists.

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    • ELANGOVAN JEYARAJ TIRUCHIRAPPALLI, INDIA
      • 11 months ago

      THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWANCE WHOVER DRUG&DRINK FIRST UP ALL THE BOOK IN CRIMENAL CASEBOOKING. LINCENCE CANCELLED. BOOKING IN ALSO MURDER CASE

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    • SHWETANK POWAR BANGALORE, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Everybody has a right to lead a respectful life.

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    • PRAMOD DAVAR INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because i care for human dignity

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    • Pretika Menon CHENNAI, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We care for the entire human race, and are opposed to the ones who think they are superior to any.

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