Success Story-II

Sh. Amrinder Pal Singh was suffering from a mental disease which his family never accepted. He was looked after by his mother till her last breath. Mother of Sh. Amrinder Pal Singh expired on 08.10.2017. After demise of his mother, condition of Sh. Amrinder Pal Singh deteriorated further.  Because of his violent behavior and unhygienic habits, no one from his near family came forward to look after him when he was all alone. However, Ms. Mandeep Kaur, cousin sister of Sh. Amrinder Pal Singh came forward to shoulder the responsibility and help him out. Ms. Mandeep Kaur tried to help Sh. Amrinder Pal Singh who was once thrashed by his neighbor/public for his violent behavior. She made efforts for treatment/admission of her brother to hospital concerned but could not succeed in that. She also tried to take help from the local police but it was resulted in vain. After that, on recommendation/suggestion of an acquaintance, she approached DLSA, New Delhi.

When Ms. Mandeep Kaur approached DLSA, New Delhi, she was heard and assured of all possible help. It is the responsibility of all DLSAs under the NALSA (Legal Services to the Mentally Ill and Mentally Disabled People) Scheme, 2015 to extend mentally ill and mentally disabled persons all possible legal assistance in order to help them to get proper treatment/health care.  Accordingly, prompt action was initiated. Being a woman, she is entitled to legal aid and thus, Legal Service Counsel was assigned in her matter for proper legal course.

The case was marked to Sh. Sumit Kumar Advocate who is an empanelled lawyer of this Authority, who then drafted an application u/s 24 1 (b) of Mental Health Act requesting for conducting medical examination of the patient and filed the same in the court of Sh. Dharmender Singh, Ld. Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi and filed the same in the court on 06.11.2017. The said application was first listed in the said court on 14.11.2017 and on the same date, an order was passed on the application directing IHBAS to get the medical examination of the patient conducted and treat him medically. He was then hospitalized in IHBAS and reports were sent to the Court from time to time.

In this manner DLSA could extend help in making the treatment available to the mentally challenged person which is his fundamental right.