New Delhi: Awareness and community support at an early stage can help prevent the onset of mental illness, experts suggested on Saturday.They were speaking at a panel discussion commemorating 10 years of Erawadi tragedy in Tamil Nadu, which left 28 mentally disabled people charred to death on August 06, 2001. The victims could not escape as they were chained.
Javed Abidi, director of Disabled Rights Group, said: "We need to look at the rights of mentally disabled people. They are abandoned in asylums where they are chained, given drugs that might even aggravate their illness. Their rights are violated." IANS
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