Rehabilitation centres are meant to serve people with disabilities with care, but the one in Hyderabad is into the limelight for wrong reasons. In a disheartening event, a mentally-disabled woman was found naked and tied with chains in a rehabilitation centre in Hyderabad, reported India Today.
Renuka (the victim) is confined to one room where there is no light. She reported that someone keeps touching her at night but fails to catch him because of no light in the room.
The superintendent of Aram Ghar, Basha said that the woman is mentally ill. The lady is suffering from a mental disorder wherein her mood changes every hour. He further told ANI, “She will be good for some time and suddenly in the next moment, she will become wild. In December 2014, the police admitted her here. I have many times said that not to chain her but the maid does it.”
Renuka has feelings like a normal human being. She informs ANI that she wants to live with her parents and wants to travel with them where she can happily live.
A senior psychiatrist, Dr Prasad Rao who saw all her videos and told ANI that it cannot really be confirmed that Renuka is mentally sick. “How they are claiming that she is mentally retarded, and where is humanity going. We don’t even chain the mental patients in the extreme conditions,” Dr Rao affirmed as per reports in The New Indian Express.
In April earlier, the Supreme Court showed its willingness to create a systematic mechanism for rehabilitating people who have been discharged from the mental shelters and whose parents or family members are not willing to accept them after recovery.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J.S Khehar issued a notice to the Union Health Ministry mentioning that the issue is figured in the concurrent list of the Constitution and therefore the Centre also has the authority to formulate its norms.The apex court had earlier asked the Centre to frame guidelines on the issue of rehabilitation of persons treated for the mental illness.
The SC even gave a nod to frame a uniform national policy to deal with the cases of mentally sick people and also to provide rehabilitation after being released from the hospitals.