Dr Nimesh Desai, head psychiatrist at the Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences in Delhi seeks permission from a High Court judge to inject a homeless and mentally unstable man with an anti-psychotic drug. The effort is part of a unique street clinic project, that sees a representative of the Delhi judiciary give case-by-case legal authority to Dr Desai on the street, to treat the mentally unstable homeless.
It is estimated that around than 150000 people - more than one percent of the city - is homeless and, with constant migration this is increasing on a daily basis. The incidence of mental illness amongst this group is very high. Delhi has little formal provision to deal with such a situation. Countrywide there are no more than 400 registered psychiatrists. Delhi, India