Rehabilitation of Mentally ill Women in India
In my recent visit to India (summer 2016) I visited a mental health hospital which cares for both male and female patients from a range of backgrounds and age groups. These patients suffer from a combination of psychological, physical and social problems. My encounters with the patients, including rape victims with mental illness, inspired me to write about their situation. In this social commentary I will raise several concerns regarding the rehabilitation of rape victims. The information is based on my personal observations and conversations and interactions I had with the doctor of the mental health institution. I have also used data from secondary sources in order to provide a better insight into the situation facing contemporary India. Many of the women in the hospital I visited had been homeless before they were picked up from the roadside by government bodies and NGOs; many of these women had been staying in the hospital for many years. My observations show how different factors such as homelessness and a lack of adequate resources for mentally ill women lead to their victimisation and marginalisation from society. I will make recommendations for the rehabilitation of these destitute women that will help them to break this vicious cycle of marginalisation. Some of these recommendations are: involvement of different agencies for the resettlement of women, providing them with government jobs and ensuring they have adequate housing.
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