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Title: Stigmatization of Mental Health – An Overview of Mental Health Laws and Forensic Psychiatry in India
Other Titles: Indian Journal of Law and Justice, Vol. 11 No. 1 (Part III), March 2020, p 15 - 225
Authors: Basnet, Srijana
Tamang, Manisha
Keywords: Lunatic
Forensic Psychiatry
Mental Health Legislation
Issue Date: Mar-2020
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: In our country the concept of Mental Health is often attached with stigma and prejudication. The lack of mental health literacy among people has led to the violation of human rights and discrimination. People suffering from mental disorder are categorically called mad or lunatics. Mental Health legislation is indispensable in protecting the rights and dignity of persons with Mental Disorders. Forensic psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that applies both scientific and clinical expertise in legal proceedings. It plays an important role in assisting judiciary. Since, there is no separate specialization for Forensic psychiatry in India it is in a toddler stage. This paper presents the overall approach of the Indian legislation towards mental health and the present state of forensic psychiatry in India.
ISSN: 0976-3570
Appears in Collections:Vol.11 No. 1 Part 3 (March 2020)

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