Tag Archives: Insanity Defence
‘It’s sad to know that an innocent lady had to endure 13 years of custody because of general apathy towards mentally ill’
Last week, the Supreme Court of India, in a landmark judgement, directed the State of Chhattisgarh to release a lady convicted of killing her four-year-old daughter after 13 years in prison. In the landmark judgement, Justice A K Sikri and Justice A M Sapre found that the lady in question was suffering from a disorder which would suggest that she was plagued with insanity at the time the crime was committed.
The Pakistan Supreme Court recently ruled that schizophrenia does not qualify as a mental illness as it is a ‘recoverable’ condition. I have not had access to the details of the case which prompted this pearl of judicial wisdom apart from what is available in the Fourth Estate.
On 20th January 1843, Daniel M’Naghten (he reportedly spelt his surname in nine different ways), a Scottish woodturner lining in London, harbouring under a delusion that the ruling Conservative Party were ‘persecuting’ him aimed a gunshot at a figure he believed to be the Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.