The Indian Psychiatric Society has demanded change in the title of the movie, as it derogatory and insensitive toward the people suffering from mental illness.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Mrugesh Vaishnav, President, Indian Psychiatrist Society said, “We have moved to the high court against the movie Mental hai Kya. But as the matter is sub judice it would not be proper on my part to comment on the issue.”
The case is listed for May 9 for the next hearing.
While earlier speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vaishnav had stated, “With the title #MentalHaiKya what message are we trying to give to society? Our society still does not accept a person suffering from mental illness. And with the title like this, we are further stigmatising the patients.”
Psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and psychologists have started an online campaign against the film #MentalHaiKya. The campaign had gathered momentum as doctors also joined in on this campaign.
The psychiatrists say the title of the movie is discriminative, stigmatising, degrading and, inhuman in projecting the mental health disorder and persons who suffer from mental disorders.
The Indian Psychiatric Society had also written a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking immediate intervention in the change of the title.