After beaten by people in Shimla, homeless, mentally ill man rescued, Admitted to IGMC for treatment
SHIMLA- For now, he has been rescued, but is not able to tell his name or home. The story of a mentally ill man seems to be more miserable than it had appeared when Himachal Watcher had first written about him after he was reported to have been beaten by some unidentified people in Kyar panchayat of Theog, Shimla. Reportedly, people had earlier beaten the man somewhere in Chailla panchayat too.
Locals had seen him being beaten near Theog on Friday and had informed the local administration of Shimla and local police. However, initially they denied taking responsibility and rescue the helpless and homeless man who was already suffering of (so far) undiagnosed mental disorder.
Only after the intervention of Ajai Shrivastva, a disability rights activist and Chairman of Shimla-based NGO, Umang Foundation, Local administration of rescued the man. The activist informed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate.
On Saturday, the rescued and injured man was brought before the Magistrate under Mental Health Act, 1987.
On the directions of the Judicial Magistrate of Chopal, the man was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical Collage and Hospital on Saturday. However, his fate is not certain unless the local administration do exactly as prescribed in the constitution for destitute, mentally unwell people who aren’t able to take care of themselves and could prove dangerous for themselves as well as for others around them.
The Mental Health Act clearly defines that mentally unwell people if found roaming anywhere in the State, it is the responsibility and duty of the local administration and police to take the subject into custody. Treatment and rehabilitation is also the responsibility of the local administration.
The activist has, therefore, requested all people to act like aware citizens of the State and report such mentally unwell people to police or local administration if seen roaming on roads or locality. In Such case, these patients are not mentally capable enough to fight for their rights. This makes it absolutely necessary that society speak for them and bring them into the attention of the administration.
In case of unlawful denial from the local administration, never hesitate to report these cases to court or to the media.