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Section 95 of Mental Healthcare Act 2017: Prohibited Procedures

Section 95 (Prohibited procedures) under Chapter XII (Admission, Treatment and Discharge) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 —

❝(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the following treatments shall not be performed on any person with mental illness—
 (a) electro-convulsive therapy without the use of muscle relaxants and anaesthesia;
 (b) electro-convulsive therapy for minors;
 (c) sterilisation of men or women, when such sterilisation is intended as a treatment for mental illness;
 (d) chained in any manner or form whatsoever.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), if, in the opinion of psychiatrist in charge of a minor's treatment, electro-convulsive therapy is required, then, such treatment shall be done with the informed consent of the guardian and prior permission of the concerned Board.❞

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