The apex court on Tuesday issued notices to the government and Insurance Regulatory Development authority on a plea seeking directions to all insurance companies to provide medical coverage for mental illness treatment. This news came after the death of, the actor Sushanth Singh Rajput by suicide who was undergoing depression. It raised a debate around mental health problems. 

The petitioner, advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, argued that due to the “red tape attitude of  IRDA ” the provisions of the Mental Health Care Act 2017, have not been complied and led to a lot of hardships for mentally ill people. He highlighted that under Section 21(4) of the act, insurers are bound to provide medical insurance for mental health as similar to they do for treatment of physical illness. Despite being such provisions they have not been followed. 

The plea also contended that inclusion of mental illnesses under insurance coverage is a result of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman heard the case through video conferencing and issued notices to Union Health Ministry and the regulatory body. 

(By- Durga Bhatt)