The Mental Healthcare Act suffers from several gaps that the original Bill proposed by UPA-II had covered
The need for legislation which secures the rights of people with mental illness is a necessity for a nation like India. Instances such as the 2001 Erwadi mental home fire, in which chained patients were charred to death, are a reminder of our apathy towards the mentally disabled. The neglect of mental health is evident from a World Health Organization report which estimated that 50 million Indianssuffered from depression.
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