Target: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi
Goal: Stop forcibly locking away women and girls with disabilities
The mental health institutions in India are filled with abuse, as many female patients with disabilities often have their human rights violated. Many of these patients are institutionalized without their consent and many are not even informed of their diagnosis. Many are locked into these facilities and treated like animals. Every patient, no matter what the disability, deserves to be treated like a human being. Urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop locking away women, and instead manage the issue in a humane manner.
Women and girls who have a psychosocial or intellectual disability can be locked up in a mental hospital for months or years. These patients are rarely notified of these proceedings by their family and are tricked or forced into such facilities. There, the patient can be given medications and injections without consent. They are also given electroshock therapy, even if they communicate to their doctors that they do not want the treatment. Doctors have even been reported to lie to their patients, administrating electroshock therapy when the patient was told that they were simply getting their blood drawn.
Once admitted into these mental hospitals, the patients lose the right to make their own decisions. Choices regarding what medication they take, what treatments are administered, and even what they eat are decided by their family or their doctors. This is a grave violation of human rights, one that many health activists are trying to remedy in India.
A person shouldn’t be locked up for having a disability. They should be notified of their diagnosis, receive proper treatment, and be treated with the same respect as a healthy individual. Urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to change the laws so all mental health patients are treated with dignity.
Dear Prime Minister Modi,
Women and girls with disabilities are being severely mistreated in mental hospitals. These human beings are being given improper care, and some are being misdiagnosed. Many have even been forced into these facilities by their family and friends. It is obvious that India does not fully understand what qualifies as a mental illness and is fostering a stigma against citizens with disabilities.
As the leader of this country, I urge you to remove such discriminatory and harmful laws from the system. Instead, craft laws that empower patients to choose what medication they receive and how long their stay will last at these hospitals. Mental disabilities do exist, but those that are affected with such ailments should still have the power to choose their treatments.
[Your Name Here]
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