Taking a huge step towards the betterment of people with mental health issues, the Lok Sabha on March 27 passed the ‘Mental Healthcare Bill 2016’ which will provide better services for people with mental illness.
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The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha last year in August 2016, and the Lok Sabha gave its assent on the legislation on Monday, March 27 without suggesting any changes.
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It will also ensure that any person, regardless of their financial condition, will get free treatment for mental health issues even if they are homeless, poor or don’t possess a Below Poverty Line (BPL) card.
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“Notwithstanding anything contained in section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, any person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to have severe stress and shall not be tried and punished under the said Code.”