The Bombay High Court Thursday directed the state government to visit the kitchens of mental hospitals in the state and asked the district judge to ascertain the condition of these hospitals in Thane, Pune, Ratnagiri and Nagpur.
Justices A S Oka and A K Menon were hearing a public interest litigation filed by Vrushali Kalal, who along with social workers had visited the mental hospital in Thane in 2009 and found deficiency in the diet provided to the patients. Food samples were sent to a laboratory, which said in its report the food was adulterated and not fit for human consumption. “The commissioner of the food and drugs administration should depute the assistant commissioner to visit the kitchens of the mental hospitals of the state. The district judges should visit the hospitals to ascertain their conditions,” said the HC.
The PIL said the condition of the kitchen was the worst as insects were found in the raw material for preparing food. The petition is seeking implementation of the provisions of Mental Health Act 1987 in all four mental hospitals in Maharashtra.