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Can a mentally ill person be arrested, put in Jail, SHRC asks DC Bandipora

Can a mentally ill person be arrested, put in Jail, SHRC asks DC Bandipora
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission on Tuesday asked deputy commissioner Bandipora to explain in two weeks whether a mentally sick person can be detained under Public Safety Act and can be lodged in jail.

“Explain whether a mentally sick person can be detained under PSA and even if he can be detained can he be kept in a jail or had to be lodged in a hospital,” Order says.

Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, Chairperson of the Commission, has passed the orders while hearing a case titled Nazir Ahmad Malla son of Late Abdul Rehman of Ganasthan, Sumbal, Sonawari of district Bandipora regarding arrest of his brother Abdul Samad Malla who is suffering from mental illness and is lodged in Kotebhalwal Jail, Jammu.

 

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