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Mentally ill patients in West Bengal Govt run hospital found lying naked on dirty floors
Reportedly, in West Bengal, during a visit to the government run Berhampore Mental Hospital on the Independence Day, a team of an NGO Anjali found naked men and women, all mentally ill patients, lying on dirty floors in a very bad condition.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the media report the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to West Bengal government's Chief Secretary.

The report said that the mentally ill patients at the hospital had not bathed or shaved for months, having visible signs of various diseases. The toilets were so filthy that nobody could use them. The bed sheets were full of bugs. Reportedly, the Hospital Superintendent refused to make any comments on it when approached by the team. The Chief Medical Officer also denied the calls made by the NGO.

The NHRC, reiterating its commitment towards the promotion and protection of rights of mentally ill persons, has observed that the contents of the news report are distressing. The Commission has asked the Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report about the state of affairs in Behrampur Mental Hospital along with the status of other mental hospitals run by the State Government.

It has also asked its Special Rapporteur, East Zone, Domodar Sarangi, to assess the situation on the ground and submit a report to the Commission. The State Government as well as the Special Rapporteur have been given eight weeks to respond.

According to the media report, carried on the 17th August, 2016, there are about 430 patients, including men and women, staying in the hospital at present. There is no facility of laundry. There is no barber and the bathrooms are in such a bad condition that the patients often fall on the ground and hurt themselves.

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