Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding the need for setting up rehabilitation homes, 25/02/2019

  • 25/02/2019

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Gaurav Kumar Bansal Vs Dinesh Kumar & Others dated 25/02/2019 regarding the need for setting up rehabilitation homes for persons (i) living with mental illnesses who have been cured; (ii) who do not need further hospitalization; (iii) who are homeless; and (iv) who are not accepted by their families. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India had placed certain guidelines on the record. They were directed to be circulated to the State Governments and to the Union Territories for implementation within one year. After the expiration of a period of one year, the present contempt proceedings were initiated on the ground that there was non-compliance by the State Governments and the Union Territories or, at any rate, by a number of them.

Supreme Court directs that all the State Governments and the Union Territories shall submit full data to the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare within a period of one month on the status of compliance and on the facilities for rehabilitation of de-institutionalized persons who have been treated for mental illnesses.