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    Are we doing enough for the mentally retarded?

    There are some special homes for the mentally retarded. They seem to have good skills and they are trained in those specific skills.

    Yet, we find so many on the roads and they are a world unto themselves. They talk to themselves, sometimes show all sorts of gestures at normal people or mouth dialogues of some famous Tamil movies or Hindi movies and so on. They can be seen everywhere.

    There are several voluntary associations taking care of such people. Yet, when we inform the police, in many cases, they disappear for some time and are seen back in the same place, after just ten days. One really wonders why this happens.

    What can be done to rectify this situation, at least to some extent?
  • #648405
    Calling someone with intellectual disabilities as 'mentally retarded' is concerned highly offensive, in today's world. We no longer use the term for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Intellectually challenged or mentally challenged are more the appropriate terms to be used.

    Unfortunately, we do not have the right kind of facilities to rehabilitate them. It is the Government's job to provide for all its citizens. A part of the taxes should be allocated for the welfare of people with disabilities, especially those abandoned by their kin. Voluntary organisations cannot be held accountable – I think welfare measures should be a part of Government schemes. The needy should be uplifted before towns and cities are given a makeover. As citizens of this country, they are entitled to a life of dignity, no matter what their circumstances.

    The sad truth is that society treats them like trash. There have been reports of mentally challenged women being victims of sexual assault.

    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #648406
    No, the society is not doing enough for the mentally retarded individuals because of the simple reason that those are supposed to be the burden on a family members & to the society as a whole. There is one building in Mayur Vihar, Delhi for such individuals but often I found this vacant with no caretaker or may be the same might have gone unnoticed because of fewer movements. The individuals must be aware of their existence as an integral part of our society with more responsibility on our end in order to improve their overall lives.

  • #648407
    Juana has added with valuable comments but sadly that the group in question is not politically beneficial for vote bank politics & therefore when having few of the infrastructure facilities but at the same time not equipped even with the basic facilities. But instead these whole revolves around with the minority communities as is always the case. Don't we feel that the reservation system must be implemented on their accounts but again not possible because of the same reasons which we have already discussed a lot?

  • #648408
    Ved Prakash Anand,

    Can you please expand on your statement about "minority communities", I am unable to understand what you have tried to convey.

    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #648412
    Madam I stand corrected. Yes, the more appropriate phrase should be mentally challenged. Am sorry.

  • #648416
    Please don't apologise. We learn something every day. Most of us are still used to the old ways and use phrases that we grew up using/listening. But, times have changed and people take offence to the use of certain phrases.
    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #648417
    #648408, most appropriately it's the Muslim communities which we always have referred as "minority communities". I don't have any intention of diverting from the subject and anyone can disagree with me here but the truth can't be denied & is the fact. You emphasized the active participation of the government institutions but the same is biased while formulating & taking decisions keeping an eye on their vote share. Just attach these rehabilitation centers to a certain caste or to the community & we will see the maximum attention along with special funds allocation from the government & from the NGO's also.

  • #648423
    Mentally challenged persons are discarded and kept aloof at the home and thus they tend to eke out on their own. We cannot understand them not help them permanently. Only organizations like MEANS, NIMHANS can deal with them politely to their understanding level.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #648449
    Ved Prakash, are we discussing the difficulties being faced by the mentally challenged or does that have something to do with the minorities or the reservation system as you make it out to be. What do you want to convey? The thread is clear and so is the response by Juana.

    Juana, I have often felt amused by the way we have started feeling offended. We no longer call a person who cannot see as 'blind', you need to categorize him as 'visually impaired', and a person who cannot hear as 'hearing impaired' and so on. I doubt whether it makes any difference unless our psyche and mentality towards the whole issue change accordingly.

    'Any fool can know. The point is to understand."- Albert Einstein

  • #648481
    To habilitate the mentally challenged people in rehabilation homes and give them a conducive environment is a herculean task. Govt can not do it alone.

    Social groups, NGOs and other charitable institutions are required to play a pivitol role in this respect and also a large scale awareness is to be generated among masses.

    The funding and proper running of these homes is a pre requisite for success of these ventures.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #648482
    There are some efforts by Govt agencies as well as the private organisations but these are miniscule seeing the large number of these handicapped people in our country.

    Some NGOs are working very good in this area but they are always having problem of working funds.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #648503
    #648406 – There is just one word that comes to mind after reading your response – bigoted, and perhaps all the synonyms that go with it.

    "…sadly that the group in question is not politically beneficial for vote bank politics…" Are you saying that the Government is into vote bank politics and not concerned about its citizens, especially the weak and those in the minority?

    I had erroneously assumed that you had referred to the intellectually challenged as a minority – for a minority they are.

    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #648505

    Yes, we have become too sensitive, haven't we? Nowadays, I withhold myself from using the word 'idiot', even in passing, you never know when some cognoscente of sorts could find it offensive.

    But, on a serious note, our mindsets have to change. We need to be more compassionate. I still feel it is the Government's duty to provide basic needs to its citizens. Water, electricity, motorable roads, hospitals and all other infrastructure. It also needs to secure the lives of the minorities – be it the mentally challenged, physically impaired or the marginalised.

    NGOs could be doing a good job. But, they are voluntary organisations and may not have easy access to things that would facilitate the easy management of their group. The Government has all the resources available to it and must consider providing for the basic needs of these people. A life of dignity is their right too.

    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #648522
    We live in a country where even the normal person has to struggle for basic needs, healthcare, justice, and crime protection. On top of this, we have an administrative system that is heavily vulnerable to corruption and misuse of funds by people in authority and people in political power.

    So, it is no surprise that the mentally challenged people have woefully little for their basic needs (forget their well being). The harsh truth is they are at the bottom of the pecking order as far as getting the attention and support from the government.

    Most of these people whom we see on the streets would not be mentally challenged, they would be a mix of people who are homeless, left off by their families to fend for themselves, runaways etc who would need shelter and good psychological counseling and social rehabilitation.

    Can we do more, yes we can, we just need a good policy & financial backup to support and rehabilitate these people. We can start by strengthening the NGOs, special institutions and provide resources in the existing government hospital networks so things can change.

  • #648570
    These days are only for strong people. " Stong' here is not for physical strength. The people who have access to the people in power or people in Governance are referred here as Stong people. An ordinary man or a mentally retarded man makes no difference for getting the benefits from the government if they are strong.
    Some NGOs are working for helping the mentally retarded people, but the reach is very less. Without waiting for the help from Government, the citizens who can afford should help the mentally retarded and see that the will be provided proper food, shelter and clothing. The homes that being run by some NGOs are really helping these people but the quantum is not enough to cover all the people. Some initiatives are to be taken by the government in this respect.

    always confident

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