Human rights

Unable to pay for her treatment and with no assistance from the government, the family of a 65-year-old mentally-ill woman in Rajasthan's Karauli district has kept her chained for more than seven years now.

Ramshri Devi is a resident of Khohara Ghusethi village near Hindon town in the district, over 200 km from Jaipur. She is sometimes tied to a tree and sometimes confined to a room with her legs tied to the bed.

 

A master chef making a difference on the streets of southern India, shattering caste barriers, feeding the forgotten and sustaining lives, including people with mental illnesses. 

Both the video and full transcript is available at:

http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2011/s3200706.htm

In her 11 years of life, Priyanka could never share her joy when she saw monsoon clouds hovering over the Pench River and heard the rhapsody of raindrops sputtering. She could not express herself as she was born deaf and dumb. Her mother probably would have known but nobody in Jam Sauli knew who her mother is. ...........

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Although deemed to be unlawful, mentally challenged people kept in chains is hardly anything new. Yet, the sight of half-a-dozen people, both adults and teenagers, kept in chains comes as a shock.