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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 212-217

The fractured history of the mental hospital in Delhi


1 Department of Psychiatry, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi, India

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Sanjeev Jain
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_438_17

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The history of the mental hospital in Delhi is a fascinating story. Set up in colonial times, the asylum in Delhi seems to reflect the tumultuous and chaotic history of the city itself. It was perhaps established in the early 19th century, and functions till 1857, when it is ransacked in the Mutiny. It is subsequently merged with the asylum at Lahore in 1861, set up again, and incredibly, closed again at the turn of the century. Subject to the whims of administrators and policy makers, the asylum then ceases to exist till the 1960s when a new avatar appears. In it's non continuity is the story of the neglect of mental illness.



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