Provisions of Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, its application in prisons and the prescribed Nelson Mandela Rules for Prison inmates.

GS IV: Public/Civil service values and ethics in public administration: Status and problems.

Caring for our prisoners’ minds

Prisoners cannot become a default facility for those with mental illness.

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics in 2015 identified a total of 5,203 inmates (1.2% of total inmates) as those having mental illness.

Issues:

  • Prisons receive little or negligible attention.
  • There is social apathy towards the institution and its inmates.
  • Prison officials command less recognition than their peers which leads to a plunge in morale.
  • As a result, prisoners with mental illnesses are grossly ignored which further enhances their disabilities.

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