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A Study on Women with Mental Illness and Human Rights in Kamrup

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Psychology, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (5), Pages 1-5, May,14 (2016)


The status of Women in our country had a drastic change since these passing decades. But is this change has touched all the aspects? The people who are affected by mental disorders/illness are most vulnerable and discriminated in the community. Especially women with Mental illness suffer the most and are neglected in all the areas. These people undergo diffused prejudice and regularly exempted from their rights and services they are worth of. However, solving these issues will be possible only when the public has the awareness about the human rights. As a society, we are committed to providing the support people need to survive in the community. Women with mental health problems should have the same right to a job as anyone else, and all the rights they are worth of, there are special acts in our country for them, such as the “Mental Health Act’ and the very recent ‘Mental Health Care Bill’. Nevertheless, the women with mental illness remain the most neglected group so far. This study was conducted with the aim to understand the status of Women with Mental illness and their rights. And also to observe the status of women with mental illness in the community, and the utilization of the rights in the district of Kamrup Metro. A descriptive design was distributed amongst the randomly selected asymptomatic psychiatric patients and their caregivers (N= 60) at the in-patient care centre. The data was collected through face-to-face interview and was than analyzed and interpreted using descriptive statistics. This paper concludes that the women with mental illness are far behind in the utilization of human rights.


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