SC sends notices to six states over cured people still in mental hospitals
The Supreme Court has sought responses from six states on a petition seeking release of nearly 300 people languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured.india Updated: Jul 18, 2016 20:09 IST
The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from six states on a petition seeking release of nearly 300 people who are languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured of their ailments.
A bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice AM Khanwilkar issued notices to Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya on a public interest litigation seeking the release of people who are now fit for discharge from mental hospitals and steps to ensure their social security post-discharge.
Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, who filed the PIL in his personal capacity, said underprivileged persons are still languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured of their ailments, and there was no policy in place to ensure their well-being after release.
The plea also referred to responses under RTI with regard to release of persons at Bareilly, Varanasi and Agra in Uttar Pradesh even after being cured from their ailments.
The queries, which were posed under the transparency law to Mental Health Hospital, Bareilly, Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Agra and Mental Hospital, Varanasi, pertained to names, residential address and age of the patients who are now normal and waiting for their discharge from hospitals.
Bansal had also sought information about the year in which the patients were declared fit for discharge.
The plea has sought issuance of directions to the states to “forthwith make arrangements to shift the patients who are absolutely normal and are fit for discharge from the mental hospitals to any other secure place like old age home, etc”.
“Issue appropriate Writ/Orders/Directions to the respondents to formulate effective and proper guidelines for the relief and rehabilitation of such normal female and male patients,” the plea said.
Earlier, the apex court had refused to accord an urgent hearing to the plea during the summer vacation.