Panel Discussion on the Right to Marriage at the Indian Psychiatric Society
Last Saturday I participated in a panel discussion on the theme "Marriage, Mental Illness and Law: an Indian Context". The unusual discussion at the Continuing Medical Education event for the first time covered user and carer perspectives as well as the views of a psychiatrist. The discussion was moderated by Amita Dhanda. The session resulted in a rather incoherent and emotionally driven debate on the need for force in psychiatry and other issues. The user and carer perspectives were more or less treated as if they had not been articulated the debate focussed on Amita's comments. The experience raises the question if such meetings are useful for human rights advocates at all. For me this was just exhausting time waste and trigger of traumatic experiences.