Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences

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Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Scs (IHBAS), formerly known as Hospital for Mental Diseases
LocationDelhi, Delhi, India.
Care systemGovernment
Hospital typemental health and neurosciences research

The Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), formerly known as Hospital for Mental Diseases, Shahadara, is a mental health and neurosciences research institute based in New Delhi, India. It was established in 1993, in response to a Supreme Court verdict. It is an Autonomous Society under administration by the Delhi Government.[1] It has three clinical and all other para and allied branches.

Controversy & Criticism[edit]

Refusal to Divulge Patient Records under RTI Act[edit]

The Hindu on August 2013 reported that multiple requests for a photocopy of medical records of individuals who sought treatment were refused by the Department of Psychiatry, IHBAS, New Delhi. The director of the institute stated that the verdict he maintained to requests for copies were upheld by Central Information Commission (CIC) which monitors upon the proper enforcement of Right to Information Act. The director also states that the medical records of the patients contained information about them by informants such as family members and thus could not be divulged.[2]

Evaluation and Detention of Criminal Convict[edit]

In June, 2013, The Hindustan Times reported that Devinderpal Singh Bhullar who was accused in a 1993 bombing incident which killed 9 people was evaluated for more than 1 year in IHBAS, New Delhi there the treating psychiatrists concluded that he was suffering from severe depression and was not mentally fit for his execution in Tihar Jail.[3][4]


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