Life of people with mental illness behind bars

Submitted on Tue, 2018-08-14 19:50‎Kritsada Subpawanthanakun‎ 15 years ago, Chit (alias) used a homemade rifle to shoot his sleeping stepfather in the head. Chit’s stepfather had looked after him since he was 2 years old and loved him like his own son. There were no disagreements between them. Chit shot his stepfather because he wanted to help him. He saw flashing lights near his stepfather’s head and he wanted to chase them away. At that time, he really believed that he should have done what he did. After Chat (alias) took Chit to turn himself in, he was held in prison for almost 2 years while the case made no progress, and no relatives wanted to bail him out. In Chit’s case it is clear that he is ill. Article 65 of the Criminal Code allows offenders to receive no punishment or lesser punishment than is prescribed by the law. Nevertheless, we cannot allow anyone to use illness as an excuse without examination. Galya Rajanagarindra Institute is a psychiatric hospital whose main role is treating forensic psychiatric patients, which means people with mental illness involved in legal procedures or social justice, and so has the duty of proving whether the alleged offender is really ill or pretending to be sick (malingering) by relying on an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. The 5 professions operate step by step, through continuous cooperation, information exchange and consultation, for example, by collecting information on psychiatric patients from many sources, closely observing their condition, and using psychological tests to evaluate if they are pretending to be ill or not. When Chat, the closest bother to Chit, started to understand that his little brother’s actions stemmed from illness and were not intentional, he studied the law and took legal... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Life of people with mental illness behind bars, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Life of people with mental illness behind bars





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Published By: Prachatai - Tuesday, 14 August, 2018



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