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Kirit P Mehta School of Law signs MoU with TATA TRUST for Legal Aid to Mental health inmates

NMIMS KPMSoL and TATA TRUST signed a memorandum of understanding in TATA TRUST office, World Trade Centre, Mumbai on 17th April 2017. It was signed between Dr.Rhishikesh Dave (Dean, NMIMS KPMSoL) on behalf of KPMSOL and by Mr.HSD Srinivasan (Head – Health, Tata Trust) for TATA TRUST. The purpose of the MoU was to provide legal aid to the inmates of Nagpur Mental hospital in collaboration with the TATA TRUST.

Mental illness is always associated with stigma in our society. Persons with mental ailments have received meagre care and concern of community because of their unproductive value in the society. Stigmas against mental ill patients can lead to injustice and denial of fundamental rights which are guaranteed to each and every citizen in the Indian constitution. Families and close relatives disown them that make them susceptible to legal disputes. These patients are prone to domestic violence, property dispute, identity related issues, marital and family discord, certificate issues, pension and employment relates issues. Due to lack of sensitivity and legal awareness these issues remain unsolved and hence rehabilitation of such individuals become a challenge.

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KPMSoL will also set up Legal aid Centres in the premises of various mental hospitals, associated with TATA TRUST, with due permission from State Legal Service Authority. The aim of this clinic is to provide free legal services to all patients in the form of legal counselling, mediation, alternate dispute resolution, advocate services and also to assist in court related procedures. It also aims to provide legal services in accordance with the latest Mental Health Act, 2017 ensuring justice to the neglected category of mentally ill patients and rehabilitate them to mainstream society.

Through this MoU, KPMSoL will conduct workshops/Symposiums and other related academic and research activities for the different stake holders involved in the working of Nagpur Mental hospital as well as at various mental Hospitals/Centre/Clinics in the State of Maharashtra.

The students of KPMSoL will also get a unique opportunity to intern with TATA TRUST to inculcate relevant sensitivities and awareness to overcome the stigmas commonly associated with mental illness. Through this MoU both parties endeavour to foster better collaborations to spread maximum benefit to the society from each other’s initiatives.

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