Humans have asserted themselves to be the most intelligent species to have ever walked on planet Earth. The human brain is such that until today medical science has not been able to explain it in entirety. For instance, we still don’t know how memories are actually stored. It is because of this brain that humans have made significant discoveries and lived the best life for themselves, but sometimes there occurs a disorder in it which we colloquially refer to as madness or insanity.
The Indian Mental Health Act, 1987 defines mentally ill person as ‘a person who needs treatment for mental disorder.”
As we see by the definitions ‘mental illness’, the most drastic consequence seems to be that it disables a person to function as a normal human being. These people need treatment which should consist of care and love, but most often they are ill-treated by the larger society. They are considered as unproductive and useless, often thrown out of their houses. Shapers Charitable Trust is the best NGO for the Disabled that caters different types of disabilities in the form of Schools for the Mentally Retarded which include special facilities with the basic necessities. But its not enough, the rights provided to such people should be known to all so that places like Schools for Orphans can benefit from the law.