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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 107-111

Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 and United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disability: Do they go hand in hand?

1 Department of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Center for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Santosh K Chaturvedi
Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Hosur Road, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.173291

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This article is an effort to examine how far the proposed Mental Health Care Bill (MHCB), 2013 addresses the issues raised under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD). This was performed by examining different documents and publications related to the proposed MHCB, 2013 and position statements and views expressed by different stakeholders. Although the proposed MHCB, 2013 is far advanced for its time, there are some gaps in its alignment with the UNCRPD. However, the proposed Rights of Persons with Disability Bill (RPWDB), 2014 addresses many of the issues pertaining to the UNCRPD. Thus, the essence of the UNCRPD is covered jointly by the MHCB, 2013 and the RPWDB, 2014.

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