The Mental Healthcare Act & The Mental Healthcare Bill

What are the Mental Health Act and Mental Health Care Bill? The Mental Health Act is meant to regulate institutions for mental health care and provide for procedures for admissions of persons with mental illness to these institutions, and provide for procedures relating to guardianship and disposal of their assets when required. The Mental Health …

How Central and State Commissions Help Protect Your Child’s Rights

What are Commissions for Protection of Child Rights? The Commissions for Protection of Child Rights are established at the Central and State levels to ensure speedy trials of offenses against children or of violation of child rights. Who forms the Commission? The Commissions at the Central and State level comprise eminent society representatives (including the …

Fundamental Rights Under the Constitution for People with Disabilities

What are your child’s fundamental rights under the Constitution? Part III of the Constitution of India lays down the six fundamental rights guaranteed to all citizens, and in some cases, even to non-citizens in India. These are: The Right to Equality Article 14 says that the State shall not deny equality before the law or the equal …

The Persons With Disabilities Act

Which disabilities are covered under the Persons with Disabilities Act? Persons with disabilities under the 1995 Act are those who have been certified to have more than 40% of the following impairments: Blindness Low vision Leprosy-cured Hearing impairment Loco motor disability (including cerebral palsy) Mental retardation Mental illness In some instances, certain groups (such as persons …

Rehabilitation Council of India Act

What is the Rehabilitation Council of India Act? The Rehabilitation Council of India Act was meant to regulate the training of rehabilitation professionals in India, who work with persons with disabilities. In 2000, the Act was amended to increase the scope to include monitoring of the training of rehabilitation professionals and to promote research in …

Right to Education for Children with Special Needs

As a parent, you’d be happy to know that the government has provided certain special provisions for the education of your child. To begin with, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 provides all children between the ages of 6 and 14 the right to free and compulsory education in a …

How You Can Stop Sexual Abuse Against A Child With Disability

What is POCSO? The Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act was enacted in 2012 to address sexual abuse of children (defined to be till the age of 18 years) in different forms. It creates offences depending on the circumstances of the act, and provides for a ‘child friendly’ investigative and judicial procedure for the …

How The Juvenile Justice Act Protects Children With Disabilities

What is the Juvenile Justice Act? The Juvenile Justice Act covers two important groups of children (from ages 0 to 18) considered to be the most vulnerable – one are children who are ‘in need of care and protection’, and the other are ‘children in conflict with the law’. The law also regulates institutions meant …

The New Act For Persons with Disabilities

What is the difference between the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act and the Persons with Disabilities Act? The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 is a more comprehensive legislation that selects to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that was ratified by India. While the Persons with Disabilities 1995 Act spoke …

The Copyright Act Amendment

What is the Copyright Act? The Copyright Act, 1956, prevents the unauthorized republication, adaptation, reprinting, translation, conversion etc. of any work published in India. There are limited exceptions to this rule, however. If a person is unable to read a book or access any work published in India, they could approach the owner of the copyright to …