The officer in-charge of a police station has the following duties:
Protecting Persons with Mental Illness
He must take under protection any person wandering within the limits of the police station and who is believed to have a mental illness who1:
- Is not able to take care of himself
- Poses a risk to himself/others due to his mental illness
Once a person with mental illness has been taken into protection, the police must:
- Inform the person/his nominated representation the reasons for taking him into protection2.
- Take the person to the nearest public health establishment within 24 hours for assessment of his healthcare needs3. It will be the responsibility of the medical officer in-charge of the public health establishment to arrange the person’s assessment4.
- After the assessment, if the person does not need to be admitted to an establishment, the police officer must take the person to his house or to a Government establishment for homeless persons (if the person is homeless)5.
Reporting Mistreatment of Persons with Mental Illness
If the officer believes that a person who resides within the limits of the police station has a mental illness and is being mistreated or neglected, he must report that to the Magistrate6.
Locking Persons with Mental Illness
The police cannot, in any situation, lock the person with mental illness in a jail or detain him7.
- Section 100(1), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 100(2), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 100(3), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 100(5), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 100(6), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 101(1), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 100(4), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.