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Mentally ill kept in chains in TN shelter #WTFnews

  • Coimbatore
    The Coimbatore municipal corporation’s night shelter, where police and civic officials dump the destitutes and mentally ill found loitering in public places, is turning into a house of horrors for the inmates.In the absence of proper facilities and support systems, the centre’s caretaker chains the mentally-ill inmates if they are found difficult to handle. When TOI visited the centre, a young man Pradip, presumed to be from West Bengal and brought to the centre a couple of months ago, was chained to an iron pole in the shed with nothing but an old dhoti to cover him. He has been chained to the pole and left on the floor since and the deep blisters on his legs are proof of this.

    “Some of the mentally-ill people tend to become unreasonable during certain times of the month like amavasi (new moon). That is why we keep him chained to the pole. He tends to have string mood swings,“ said K Gangadharan, caretaker of the shelter, which is run by the voluntary organisation Malarum Vizhigal. Gangadharan is a retired sanitary inspector from the city municipal corporation.

    City health officer P Aruna said the night shelter and its operations, including medical assistance to the inmates, is under the control of the organisation managing the facility . A total of 102 people live in the shelter, of which 33 are listed as mentally disturbed and 31 are senior citizens. Times View: Keeping mentally ill people chained in the very institutions intended to heal them is barbaric. Those who run homes must be sensitised to avoid such practices.
    NGOs and officials should create a protective environment and develop skills to ensure they lead productive lives. States can also plan halfway homes to provide shelter, jobs and a social network to rehabilitate the countless battling internal demons.

COIMBATORE: More disturbing facts emerged from the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation’s night shelter on Monday evening after two women inmates were found locked up in a room because they were ostensibly mentally unstable. Officials from the differently-abled welfare department freed them during an inspection.

Voluntary organization Malarum Vizhigal was in charge of the night shelter on West Arockiasamy Road near RS Puram in the city. Officials found that the NGO’s registration expired on March 26, 2013.

Two women, identified as Veerammal from Podanur and Shanta from Karnataka, were freed from a dark room in which they were locked up because the caretaker said they had a tendency to turn violent. On Sunday, TOI found a young man chained to a pole in the shelter.

The shelter’s caretaker, K Gangadharan, a retired sanitary inspector and president of Malarum Vizhigal, gave the same excuse for the women being locked up.

The district administration has decided to shift 35 mentally ill inmates from the night shelter after conducting a medical and psychiatric evaluation in the next two days. The state government has also asked the city municipal corporation to conduct an inquiry.

“We have decided to shift five inmates to United Home, a government-approved home for the mentally ill for the time being. We will also ask the corporation to reopen its centre for the mentally ill, which is next door to the night shelter,” said K Karpagam, district revenue officer, Coimbatore.

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Policy for Mentally Ill Soon, Odisha Govt Tells NHRC

BHUBANESWAR: In a significant move, the Odisha Government has assured the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that it will soon adopt a policy for the mentally ill persons to prevent their torture and ensure their cure and rehabilitation.

The rights panel, in an order passed earlier this month, asked the State Government to inform within eight weeks the measures undertaken to adopt the new policy.

The State’s submission came in response to NHRC’s direction in a case involving 35-year-old mentally challenged person Babuni Behera of Puri’s Gop block. Babuni had been kept in chains for the last 10 years.

The Puri-based Global Human Rights Communications (GHRC), which had filed the petition, stated that since the victim’s parents had passed away and his brother was unable to meet the medical expenses, Babuni was left to fend for himself in a shackled condition.

The NHRC had asked the Puri district administration to undertake measures for care and treatment of the victim following which the latter arranged a psychiatric’s visit to the village. The victim was taken to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack where he is currently undergoing treatment. The district administration has assured that it will bear expenses of his treatment till he is cured.

The Health and Family Welfare Department submitted before the panel that it will chalk out a comprehensive policy for the mentally ill while taking care of the rehabilitation of Babuni, Subash Mohapatra of GHRC said.

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Mumbai – Mentally unstable girls raped by caretaker in school #Vaw#WTFnews


Sunday, 23 March 2014 – 8:40am IST | Agency: DNA, little yadav

The peon of a special school in Trombay, who was looked up to as a care taker by the children, took advantage of two mentally unstable minor girls from the school around four months ago. The incident came to light on Friday when the victims narrated their ordeal to a counsellor from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) following which a complaint was lodged with the Trombay police.

The accused, who has been identified as Rajesh Tare, was working as peon with the Children and Society secondary School. Tare, a resident of Govandi, was arrested for raping one and molesting another minor girl in the toilet inside the school premises.

According to the Trombay police, the incident occurred around four months back. The two victims are aged 16 and 18 years.

Madhuri Ramekar, the complainant in the case, is counsellor of the Mentally Deficient Children (MDC). Ramekar had gone to the school on Friday for a counselling session during which the two girls broke down and told her about how Tare had raped one of them and molested the other. The two victims told Ramekar that Tare had taken advantage of them while taking them to the toilet and for drinking water on two different occasions.

After hearing the ordeal of the girls, Ramekar went to the chief executive officer of Children’s Aid Society that runs the school, and told him about the incident. Subsequently, Ramekar went to the police and lodged a complaint against Tare.

According to the sources from the school, the incident occurred in the school where the mentally unstable students were sent for counselling. However, police said that the students are sent to the school under the surveillance of police officials, including women police personnel, as the children are mentally unstable. Police said that there are women peons in the school and how can such incidents can be committed in their presence? Police said that they have not ruled out the possibility of involvement of others from the school in the case. There are around 300 children mostly orphans who are send to a nearby school for studies and counselling.

Senior inspector, Vijay Kadam of Trombay police station said, “We have arrested Tare on charges of IPC and have also booked him under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. We are now trying to ascertain whether Tare has sexually abused any other girl from the school and whether anyone else was involved in the crime. Tare has been remanded to police custody. Further investigations into the case are on.”

Girls are escorted to school: Baffled cops

S Ahmed Ali & Anahita Mukherji,TNN | Mar 23, 2014, 05.10 AM IST

MUMBAI: The alleged sexual assault of two mentally ill teens in a Mankhurd shelter shows how vulnerable the girls are. According to the FIR filed by counsellor from TISS, Madhuri Ramekar, while one of the girls was allegedly raped by peon Rajesh Tare while being taken to the toilet during school hours, the second was sexually assaulted on her way to a water cooler.

“Yesterday, the counsellor informed me that two girls had reportedly been raped and molested by Tare. I instructed Ramekar to immediately report it to the police,” said Navnath Shinde, chief executive officer of Children’s Aid Society, which runs the home. The home has around 300 children, mostly orphans, who are sent to a neighbouring school for studies.

The police say they are baffled the crimes took place even though the children are sent to school with police escorts, particularly women cops. “There are also women peons in school and it is shocking the accused victimized children in their presence. We have just started the probe. It will cover all these aspects,” said Vijay Kadam, senior inspector, Trombay police.

The 2011 Panvel case was brought to light by a Bombay high court-appointed committee investigating the condition of children’s shelters in the state. The committee, headed by TISS professor Dr Asha Bajpai, exposed the Panvel ‘house of horrors’. Kalyani Mahila and Balak Seva Sanstha in Panvel had no facilities for mentally challenged children. Medical tests showed the girls had been raped and tortured. A year ago, a sessions court convicted six in the case. All 19 girls rescued from the Panvel home and 18 children from Thane were brought to the children’s home in Mankhurd.

“We waited for the government to provide measures to rehabilitate these girls. But when it failed to do so, we set up a TISS-backed field action project called Chunauti for all 93 mentally challenged children at the institution,” Bajpai said. “We even helped 25 children, who were doing very well, attend school on the campus for the first time in their lives. They were integrated into the system along with regular children,” said Bajpai. The two girls who were abused were among the 25, and almost on their way to being fully rehabilitated. “The alleged sexual abuse of these two girls is a huge setback in their rehabilitation.”

It is because of the close bond the counsellors developed with the kids since 2012 that one of the girls was able to confide in them about the abuse. It took effort and time to get her to reveal details. The other victim, who is speech-impaired, needs further probing. “We will have to develop training for school staff.”


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Mumbai – Mentally ill teenage girl abandoned on train #Vaw #WTFnews

By Ram Parmar, Mumbai Mirror | Feb 5, 2014,

Mentally ill teen abandoned on train
18-year-old Jabin says her parents put her on Ahmedabad-bound Lokshakti Express at the Bandra Terminus on Monday evening. (R) The chain tied to her right leg

Jabin Iqbal, who had a chain tied to her leg, was apparently left behind by parents on Lokshakti Exp; three Palghar women came to her rescue.

A mentally ill teen was allegedly abandoned by her parents on a train to Ahmedabad on Monday.

Jabin Iqbal, 18, was found behaving oddly on Lokshakti Express, which departs from Bandra Terminus every evening, by three Palghar women who provided her food and water before taking her to a hospital.

Jabin has not been able to recall her parents’ name or where they live. But she told the three women that she was regularly beaten by her “abba” (father). Jabin had a chain tied to her right leg when she was found.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) said that they were trying to identify her parents and would ask a court which care facility she should be sent to. Currently, Jabin is admitted to Thane Mental Hospital, where doctors are evaluating her condition.

Jabin has said that she boarded Lokshakti Express with her parents at Bandra Terminus. The train’s departure time is 7.40 pm. It is not clear whether her parents alighted at Bandra itself or at another station. The train halts at Andheri, Borivali and Palghar.

“She was staring blankly at a ceiling fan in the ladies coach,” said 22-yearold Palghar resident Archana Nair, one of the three women who came to Jabin’s rescue.

“At first I thought she was sleeping and had suddenly woken up because of the noise of people getting on the train. I realised something was wrong when she continued to look at the ceiling.”

Many Palghar residents take Lokshakti Express for their daily commute. Archana, a management trainee at a Goregaon firm, boarded the train at Andheri on Monday evening. So did CA student Vinita Lakhiani, 23, and HR professional Shilpa Nair, 22.

Vinita said that she tried to talk to Jabin, but she gave vague replies. “She only said that her name was Jabin Iqbal and that she wanted to go to a mosque in Usmanpura,” Vinita said.

Usmanpura is a locality in Ahmedabad and home to a famous local mosque. “There a chain tied to her leg, which I found very shocking. It looked like she had been tortured by her family,” Shilpa said.

During her conversations with the three women, Jabin repeatedly said: “Abba ne mujhe kaha, jaa mar jaa (My father told me to die)”. “She also said that her father used to often beat her,” Archana said.

The three women shared food from their tiffin boxes with Jabin and also bought a bottle of water for her. “When the train stopped at Borivali station, we sought help from an RPF constable, but he refused to take her custody. He flatly said that it was not his job to help abandoned people,” Archana alleged.

They then tried to call the emergency helpline number of the Western Railway, but could not get through. The train reached Palghar at 9.40 pm.

“We had to get down, but we didn’t want to leave the girl behind. She was disoriented and someone could have harmed her,” Archana said. “We took her to the GRP at Palghar station.”

GRP Inspector Pramod Dawre said that doctors at Thane Mental Hospital were trying to determine the 18-yearold’s condition.



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Drug trials : Madhya Pradesh chief secretary fails to report to NHRC

 Feb1, 2012, Asish Gaur TOI

INDORE : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)’s order to the Madhya Pradesh chief secretary to report to it the details of the controversial human drug trials in Indore, has run into a procedural wall.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a TOI report on drug trials conducted on 233 patients of the government-run mental hospital attached to the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Indore, the NHRC had asked the chief secretary to furnish the details by last Tuesday. But the latter has not obliged, maintaining that the laws allow the concerned doctors to keep all details of the trials confidential.

Forty two of these patients were given Dapoxetine, a drug to cure premature ejaculation. However, an earlier report of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) had said they were not mentally ill, but were seeking psychiatric help for premature ejaculation.

Among other points. the NHRC had also specifically asked the MP chief secretary to report if the doctors had followed Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines, while conducting the trials on the basis of approval obtained from independent ethics committees attached to private hospitals _ bypassing the medical college’s own institutional ethics committee.

The chief secretary, Avni Vaishya, told TOI that he was not in a position to submit the report.”The doctors have kept the trial documents under wraps. The details are confidential according to the laws for the conduct of clinical trials. Only central regulatory bodies such as the DCGI or MCI can investigate the matter,” he said.

The NHRC, however, has decided to press the issue. NHRC spokesperson Jaimini Kumar Srivastava said the commission will write to the chief secretary again. “We have not received any communication from the chief secretary as of now. The time allowed to submit report has lapsed. We are going to write again asking to submit the report at the earliest.”


NEW DELHI : Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday asked an explanation from the Madhya Pradesh government on the malpractices surrounding the recent clinical trials conducted in Indore.

“Irregularities were found in the clinical trials conducted there and the state government needs to explain what action has been taken against the doctors involved,” he said.

The drug controller general of India (DCGI) had recently issued a stern show cause notice to five doctors of Indore’s Mahatma Gandhi Medical College for not following good clinical trials (GCT) norms, while conducting clinical trials on 241 patients visiting the College’s psychiatry ward.

Notices had also been sent to three companies – Cadilla, Mcure and Intas – to explain the deficiencies at the earliest.

The DCGI has threatened blacklisting of the doctors from all other trials they are involved in if they fail to reply at the earliest. Two hundred and forty one patients in Indore were subjected to clinical trials to check the efficacy of various drugs, including 42 for Dapoxetine, a drug used to cure premature ejaculation.

An independent team of investigators sent by the DCGI submitted its report to the health ministry recently.

The report has cleared the investigators of carrying out the trial on “mentally ill” patients. The investigating team however took serious cognizance to the fact that investigators did not posses with them the original informed consent forms.

The forms were taken away by the sponsors of the trial, “which is a serious offence”.

A ministry official said, “Most of the patients were suffering from erectile dysfunctions and were being treated by psychiatrists from that medical college. That is why they were visiting the psychiatric ward and not because they were suffering from any mental illness.”

“However, show cause notices have been served on the doctors for the serious administrative lapses and deviation from GCT guidelines while carrying out the trial,” the official added.

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