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Dumped, abandoned, abused: women in India’s mental health institutions

 IPS 02 February 2019

Women are being dumped, abandoned and abused inside many of India’s mental health institutions. A recent report revealed that female patients often face systematic abuse that includes detention, neglect and violence. Many are misdiagnosed and placed in institutions by their husbands or families. Women can languish inside mental health institutions for years, uncared for and unattended. They endure conditions that are inhumane and sexual abuse is also rampant. “There is hardly any air or light. Unlike the male patients who are allowed some mobility within the premises, women are herded together like cattle,” says a mental health campaigner. IPS reports. (1129 Words) - By Shai Venkatraman

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Women in India’s mental health institutions often face systematic abuse that includes detention, neglect and violence.  Credit: Shazia Yousuf/IPS

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