Mental Health Act, 1987 - Miscellaneous

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Chapter X - Miscellaneous

88. Provision as to bonds

The provisions of Chapter XXXIII of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) shall, as far as may be apply to bonds taken under this Act.

COMMENT - This section makes provision as to bonds taken under this Act.

89. Report by medical officer

The medical officer in-charge of a psychiatric hospsital or psychiatric nursing home shall, as soon as may be, after any mentally ill person detained therein has been discharged make a report in respect of his mental and physical condition to the authority under whose orders such person had been so detained.

COMMENT - This section requires the medical officer to make a report about the mental and physical condition of the discharged person to the authority under whose orders the mentally ill person was detained in the psychiatric hospsital/nursing home.

90. Pension, etc. of mentally ill person payable by Government

   1. Where any sum is payable in respect of pay, pension, gratuity or any allowance to any person by any Government and the person to whom the sum is payable is certified by a Magistrate under this Act to be a mentally ill person, the officer under whose authority such sum would be payable, may pay to the person having charge of the mentally ill person so much of the said sum as he thinks fit, having regard to the cost of maintenance of such person and may pay to such member of the family of the mentally ill person as are dependent on him for maiantenance, the susrplus, if any, or such part thereof as he thinks fit, having regard to the cost of maintenance of such members.

   2. Where there is any further surplus amount available out of the funds specified in sub-section (1) after making payments as provided in that sub-section, the Government shall hold the same to be dealt with as follows namely:

  • where the mentally ill person is certified to have ceased to be mentally ill person by the District Court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction such person resides or is kept or detains, the whole of the surplus amount shall be paid back to that person;
  • Where the mentally ill person dies before payament, the whole of the surplus amount shall be paid over to those of his heirs who are legally entitled to receive the same:
  • Where the mentally ill person dies during his mental illness without leaving any person legally entitled to succeed to his estate, the whole of the surplus amount shall, with the prior permission of the District Court, be utilised for such charitable purpose as may be approved by the District Court.

   3. The Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, shall be discharged of all liability in respect of any amount paid in accordance with this section.

COMMENT - This section makes provision for payment of pay, pension, gratuity, etc. of mentally ill person payable by Government.

91. Legal aid to mentally ill person at State expense in certain cases

   1. Where a mentally ill person is not represented by a legal practitioner in any proceeding under this Act before a District Court or a Magistrate and it appears to the District Court or Magistrate that such person has not sufficient means to engage a legal practitioner, the District Court or Magistrate shall assign a legal practitioner to represent him at the expense of the State.

   2. Where a mentally ill person having sufficient means to engage a legal practitioner is not represented by a legal practitioner in any proceding under this Act before a District Court or a Magistrate and it appears to the District Court or Magistrate, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, that such person ought to be represented by a legal practitioner, the District Court, or Magistrate may assign a legal practitioner to represent him and direct the State to bear the expenses with respect thereto and recover the same from out of the property of such person.

   3. The High Court may, with the previous approval of the State Government, make rules providing for-

          a. the mode of selecting legal practitioners for the purpose of Sub-section (1) and (2);
          b.  the facilities to be allowed to such legal practitioners;
         c.  the fees payable to such legal practitioners by the Government and generally for carrying out the purpose of sub-sections (1) and (2).

EXPLANATION - In this section "legal practitioner" shall have the meaning assigned to it in Cl. (I) of Sec. 2 of the Advocates Act, 1961 (25 of 1961).

COMMENT - This section provides for legal and to mentally ill person at State expense in certain cases.

EXPLANATION - It is now well settled that an explanation added to a statutory provision is not a substantive provision in any sense of the term but as the plain meaning of the word itself shows it is merely meant to explain or clarify certain ambiguities which may have crept in the statutory provision1.

92. Protection of action taken in good faith

   1. No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or any rules, regulations or orders made thereunder.

   2. No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Government for any damage caused or likely to be caused for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or any rules, regulations or orders made thereunder.

COMMENT - This section grants immunity from legal proceedings to persons for anything done or intended to be done under this Act in good faith.

93. Construction of reference to certain laws, ....etc.

   1. Any reference in this Act to a law which is not in force in any area shall, in relation to that area, be construed as a reference to the corresponding law, if any, in force in that area.

   2. Any reference in this Act to any officer or authorityshall, in relation to any area in which there is no offer or authority with the same designation, be construed as a reference to such officer or authority as may be specified by the Cengral Government by notification.

COMMENT - This section provides for construction of reference to certain laws.

SOCIAL WELFARE LEGISLATION - In construing social welfare legislation, the Courts should adopt a beneficent rule of construction and in any event, that construction should be preferred which fulfils the policy of the legislation. Construction to be adopted should be more beneficial to the purposes in favour of and in whose interest the Act has been passed1.

94. Power of Central Government and State Government to make rules

   1. The Central Government may, by notification, make rules providing for the qualifications of persons who may be appointed as Mental Health Authority under Sec. 3 and the terms and conditions  subject to which they may be appointed under that section and all other matters relating to such authority.

   2. Subject to the provisions of sub-section (1), the State Government, with the previous approval of the Central Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act: Provided that the first rules shall be made by the Central Government by notification.

   3. In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, rules made under sub-section (2) may provide for all or any of the following maters, namely:

  • The qualifications of persons who may be appointed as Mental Health Authority and the terms and conditions subject to which they may be appointed under Sec. 4 and all other matters relating to such authority;
  • The class or category of persons for whom separate psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric nursing homes may be established and maiantained under Cl (d) of sub-section (1) of Sec. 5;
  • The form in which, -

         1. an application, may be made for grant or renewal of a licence and the fee payable in respect thereof under Sec. 7 or as the case may be, Sec. 9; 

         2. a licence may be granted for the establishment or maintenance of a psychiatric hospital or a psychiatric nursing home under Sec.8;

         3. an application may be made for a reception order under Sec. 20

  • The manner in which an order refusing to grant, or revoking, a licence shall be communicated under Sec. 8 or, as the case may be Sec. 11;
  • The manner in which a report may be made to the licensing authority under sub-section (2) of Sec.9;
  • The minimum facilities referred to in the proviso to sub-section (5) of Sec. 9 including -

         1. psychiatrist-patient ratio;
         2. other medical or para-medical staff;
         3. space requirement;
         4. treatment facilities; and
         5. equipment:

  • The manner in which and the conditions subject to which a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home shall be maintained under sec. 10.
  • The form and manner in which and the period within which an appeal against any order refusing to grant or renew a licence or revoking a licence shall be preferred and the fee payable in respect thereof under sec.12;
  • The manner in which records shall be maintained under sub-section (1) of sec.13.
  • The facilities to be provided under Sec. 14 of the treatment of a mentally ill person as an out-patient;
  • The manner in which application for a reception order shall be signed and verified under sub-section (6) of Sec. 20;]
  • The qualification of persons who may be appointed as visitors and the terms and conditions on which they may be appointed, under Sec.37 and their functions.
  • Prevention of vexatious or defamatory communications and other matters referred to in sub-section (3) of Sec.81;
  • Any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.

COMMENT - This section empowers the Central Government and State Government to make rules for carrying out the purposes of the legislation.

RULES OF CONSTRUCTION - It is well-settled canon of construction that the rules made under a statute must be treated exactly as if they were in the Act and are of the same effect as if contained in the Act. There is another principle equally fundamental to the rules of construction, namely, that the rules shall be consistent with the provision of the Act1.

95. Rules made by Central Government or the State Government to be laid before the Legislature

   1. Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session , for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only if such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that anay such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

   2. Every rule made by the State Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before the State Legislature.

COMMENT - This section provides that the rules framed by the Central Government or the State Government shall be laid before each Houses of Parliament or the State Legislature, as the case may be.

96. Effect of Act on other laws

The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any other law for the time being in force and to the extent of such inconsistency that other law shall be deemed to have no effect.

COMMENT - This section lays down that the provisions of othis Act shall have effect on other laws.

97. Power to remove difficulty

If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act in any State, the State Government may, by order, do anything not inconsistent with such provisions which appears to it to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of removing the difficulty.

Provided that no order shall be made under this section in relation to any State after the expiry of two years from the date on which this Act comes into force in that State.

COMMENT - This section empowers the State Government to remove difficulty.

98. Repeal and Saving

   1. The Indian Lunacy Act, 1912 (4 of 1912) and the Lunacy Act, 1977 [Jammu and Kashmir Act 25 of 1977 (1920 AD)] are hereby repealed.

   2. Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken under either of the said Acts shall, in so far as such thing or action is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act and shall continue in force until superseded by anything done or any action taken under this Act.

COMMENT

EFFECT OF IMPLIED REPEAL - If there is a repugnancy between the two pieces of legislation, to such an extent that both cannot stand together and operate simultaneously, the latter will have the effect of impliedly repealing the former1.

SAVING PROVISION - EFFECT OF - While giving effect to a saving provision, when it provides that something which is done or issued under the repealed provision must be treated as having been treated or issued under the newly enacted provision, an earlier order can be saved only if such a direction or an order could be effectively and validdly made under the new provisions of law, which had repealed the earlier provisions2.

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Smitha789 

I have a sister who studied till 12th and know does not speak anything and behaves very different. In my and my dad absence my mom hits her. How can I stop this. I & dad hav tried a lot to stop but it doesnot work

mandeep.s 

Thanks for the above details,
My questions;
If a psychiatrist[ retired as colnol , senior advisor from Armed forces] is operating his clinic and he is treating a patient for 1year,
1] can he abandon or refuse the treatment to his patient.. ?
2] can he refuse to give first aid to a sudden out burst of his mentally ill patient ?
I would appreciate your response

gurgaon.anil 

my brother is admitted to a IHBAS, shahdra delhi for the past 2 months. the doctors have quoted the mental health act and informed that if we cannot keep him admitted beyond 89 days without permission from metropolitan magistrate. however, we being based in gurgaon, if we apply to our state's MM, the case will be referred to PGIMS, Rohtak and only when they give in writing that they cannot treat him, he can continue treatment at IHBAS. kindly guide me on this thank you

amitava66 

WHO IS LEGALLY BOUND TO MEET THECOST OF TREATMENT OF A MENTALLY ILL PERSON DETAINED IN A HOSPITAL UNDER MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1987?

Dr Desai 

Dear Sir/Madam,what are the minimum facilities prescribed for the admission, treatment and care of mentally ill persons in terms staff and space ratio for a psychiatric hospital under mental health act 1987 for a licence?

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