It is estimated that close to 60 million people in India suffer from some form of Mental Illness, but only a meagre 0.06% of the health budget is spent on dealing with them. The neglect of this area is appalling and the country is grossly understaffed to appropriately deal with these conditions.
In this context, a number of Directions issued by the Delhi High Court in setting up halfway houses is a right step. If properly staffed, they could serve as a crucial service in treating and possibly reintegrating mentally ill prisoners into society.
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