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DownToEarth de­codes the Men­tal Health Care Bill, 2016, passed by the Ra­jya Sabha. It is meant to re­place the Men­tal Health Act, 1987, and the In­dian Lu­nacy Act, 1942. This bill is revo­lu­tion­ary when com­pared to its two pre­de­ces­sors. It de­crim­i­nalises sui­cide caused by men­tal ill­ness. It also changes the le­gal def­i­ni­tion of who ex­actly is a men­tally ill per­son. Lastly, it lets the pa­tient de­cide the fu­ture course of treat­ment.

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