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Of Human Bondage: glimpses into the human rights situation of the mentally ill in West Bengal

Ratnaboli Ray


Abstract

“The mentally ill person deserves the same privileges enjoyed by any other human being,” wrote the National Human Rights Commission in its report Quality Assurance in Mental Health published in 1999. The mentally ill person is protected by the Declaration on the Rights of the Disabled, adopted by the UN in 1975. The Declaration specifies many rights including the rights to treatment and rehabilitation, to privacy and autonomy, to a life within the community, to protection from abuse and exploitation, and so on. What are the realities in India?

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