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[COVID19] Counselling to deal with psychological issues of utmost requirement in the present scenario: Delhi HC

Delhi HC has directed the Delhi Government to consider as representation a petition seeking the creation of counselling centres at district level.

Aditi Singh

Taking note of the psychological issues that Delhi residents may be facing due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to consider as representation a petition seeking the creation of counselling centres at district level. (Sunil Kumar vs UOI & Ors)

A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Prateek Jalan opined that the Delhi Government might consider the necessity of opening at least some counselling centres in few districts, on an emergent basis, as early and practicable as possible.

The petition also prayed for a toll-free number to provide counseling at all times to Delhi residents.

The Petition, which was in the form of a public interest litigation, was preferred by Advocate Sunil Kumar.

The Petitioner feared that the disruption caused due to COVID-19 would result in an increased number of cases of death due to suicide, depression, anxiety, stress, etc.

Having heard the petitioner in person and looking at the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation in Delhi, we are of the considered view that counselling to deal with psychological issues is utmost requirement of the residents of Delhi in the present scenario.
Delhi High Court said.

The Court directed the Delhi Government to decide the prayers sought in the petition, either by itself or by constituting a Committee of experts.

"In the meantime, taking note of the prevalent situation in Delhi, we are of the considered view that respondent no. 3 may consider the necessity of opening at least some counselling centres on emergent basis in few districts as early as possible and practicable, along with an arrangement of a toll-free number round the clock to provide counselling in Delhi.", the Court opined.

The petition was accordingly disposed of.

Read the order:

COURT ORDER ADV SUNIL KUMAR vs UOI & ORS (PIL).pdf
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