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Parliament passes Mental Healthcare Bill; suicide exempted from IPC

Bill Seeks to provide healthcare and services for mentally ill people

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Parliament passes Mental Healthcare Bill; suicide exempted from IPC

The on Monday passed the Bill, 2016 with the approving it on Monday.

The bill seeks to provide for and services for persons with mental illness and to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of such persons during delivery of healthcare services.

The bill also states that a person who attempts shall be presumed to be suffering from mental illness at that time and will not be punished under the

A person with mental illness will have the right to confidentiality in respect of his mental health, mental healthcare, treatment and physical healthcare.

Under the bill, a child under the age of three years will not be separated from his or her mother, if the mother is receiving care, treatment or rehabilitation at a mental establishment.

The bill also provides for a penalty and imprisonment in case of violation of its provisions. Replying to a debate on the bill, Minister described the legislation as progressive and patient centric.

First Published: Mon, March 27 2017. 22:29 IST