Mental Healthcare Bill 2016 decriminalizes suicide

Q.  The Mental Healthcare Bill 2016 decriminalises _________.
- Published on 20 Apr 17

a. Murder
b. Arson
c. Suicide
d. Manslaughter

ANSWER: Suicide
The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on August 19, 2013. This Bill repeals the Mental Health Act, 1987.

Key Features
  • Every person shall have the right to access mental health care and treatment from services run or funded by the government.
  • The right to access mental health care includes affordable, good quality of and easy access to services.
  • Persons with mental illness also have the right to equality of treatment, protection from inhuman and degrading treatment, free legal services, access to their medical records, and complain regarding deficiencies in provision of mental health care.
  • A mentally-ill person shall have the right to make an advance directive that states how he wants to be treated for the illness during a mental health situation and who his nominated representative shall be.
  • Central and State Mental Health Authority are required to (a) register, supervise and maintain a register of all mental health establishments,(b) develop quality and service provision norms for such establishments, (c) maintain a register of mental health professionals.
  • Mental Health Establishments: Every mental health establishment has to be registered with the relevant Central or State Mental Health Authority after meeting certain criteria in the bill.

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