By: LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK 4 March 2019 1:24 PM GMT The Supreme Court has issued some directives for rehabilitation of those who are cured of mental illness but still languishing in asylums due to unwillingness of their families to take them back. In July 2017, the Supreme Court had issued an order emphasizing the need for setting up rehabilitation homes for persons (i) living with mental illnesses who have been cured; (ii) who do not need further hospitalization; (iii) who are homeless; and (iv) who are not accepted by their familiesThe bench comprising Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Hemant Gupta were considering Contempt petitions that were initiated on the ground that there was non-compliance by some of the State Governments and the Union Territories. The Union of India submitted a note containing a set of guidelines containing an enabling framework for State Governments and Union Territories in ensuring the setting up of ‘Halfway Homes’ and ‘Long Stay Homes’ for de-institutionalized persons. The guidelines envisage that the State Governments and the Union Territories must either expand their existing Homes or construct new Homes at their own cost. Alternatively, it suggested that the State Governments and the Union Territories can engage NGOs… Read full this story
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