Legal assistance for mentally-challenged


Speaking after inaugurating Mental Health Week at SNR Hospital in the City on Saturday, he said that a law has been enacted in 1987 itself forbidding referring mentally-challenged persons as unsound.

“No person can be termed of unsound mind at one go. Two psychiatrists must certify before terming a person as of unsound mind. Hence people should exercise caution before branding any person as of unsound mind,” the judge said. He condemned the prevailing practice of treating mentally-challenged persons with contempt.
Psychiatrist Savita spoke on mental health in women while Dr Sunildutt Chavan spoke on mental health and blind beliefs, later.

In-charge District Surgeon Dr Shanmugam, District Health Officer Dr N Ramesh Babu, Judge B N Lavanyalatha were also present on the occasion.

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