Thursday, October 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Mental health care remains a taboo area
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Even as various WHO studies indicate that after heart diseases it is depression which is the second highest of global diseases, even then mental health remains an ignored area today, with a number of misconceptions surrounding it.

As part of World Mental Health Day falling tomorrow the Chandigarh Mental Health Authority today discussed the mental health scenario in the country with the theme “Effects of trauma and violence on children”.

“The biggest problem is that the parents fail to recognise that their child is facing some mental problem, which ultimately manifests itself in one way or the other,” said Dr B.S. Chavan, Member Secretary of the authority. He said that though there were laws protecting the rights of the child, but since parents, family members or relatives were involved in the physical or sexual abuse of the child, in majority of the cases no action was being taken either by the police or other authorities concerned authorities.

He said quite often mental problems being faced by the children were ignored by the parents, which manifested itself in the form of the child losing interest in studies, refusing to go to school and showing withdrawal symptoms.

Though the Psychiatry Department of the PGI, has been running a Child Helpline, but the absence of any home where a child, who has been victim of violence or sexual abuse can be sent, poses problems.

“We receive a lot of calls from social workers, neighbours and from the community, but the problem is that in most of the cases the parents are not sensitive towards the problem and refuse to acknowledge that the child has mental stress or disorder,” stated Dr Prabhjot Malhi, Associate Professor in the PGI Psychiatry department.

While 25 per cent of all adults face psychiatric problem at one or the other stage in life, in schoolchildren this figure was about 10 per cent,” said Dr N. Wij. He said today violence had become a way of life, with the child witnessing it at home, on the streets, in school and most frequently on television.

“Any form of violence leaves an impact on the mind of the child, who is adversely affected as he is in an impressionable age,” said Dr Wij. He said that even though children were considered the future of the country, but with their own future being grim, what could be expected from them when they grow up.

Ms Nimrat Khurana, who runs an NGO, “Kartavaya” at Kharar, shared her experience of working with terrorism affected children, living in orphanage. “It is so sad to see that the child refuses to open up or trust anyone, as he loses the hope to live with a feeling of abandonment and low self esteem,” she added.


200 examined

As many as 200 persons were examined at a free health care camp organised by the HMT Hospital in collaboration with Mukat Hospital and Heart Institute in Dr B. R. Ambedkar Auditorium in HMT premises here on Tuesday. OC


PU campus win swimming meet
Our Sports reporter

Chandigarh, October 9
Panjab University Campus, Chandigarh, clinched the Panjab University Inter-College Swimming Championship held at PU swimming pool. The second place in this section went to the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, while the MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, get third place.

Earlier, Government College, Ludhiana, won the PU Inter-College Swimming Meet for Men, with second place going to PU campus while third and fourth place to DAV College, Sector 10, and Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh respectively.

In the PU Inter-College Zonal Table Tennis Tournament, the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, defeated RSD College, Ferozepore 3-0 while PU campus beat SD College for Women, Moga 3-0.

Rudra excels in world meet

Rudra MukherjeeRudra Mukherjee, a Class V student of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, did his school proud by winning two gold medals and one silver medal in the Yoga World Cup Meet held at Rio De Janerio, Brazil, recently. 

Out of three medals won by seven-member Indian yoga team, two have been won by Rudra. Earlier, Rudra had won one gold medal in the XIth World Cup of Olympic Yoga Sports and another gold at Vth World Cup of Table Yoga.

He was selected for this international tournament on the basis of his winning gold medal in the 26th National Yoga Meet held at Ranchi last year. 

Mr G.S. Sardana, Director of the school, appreciated the dedicated efforts made by Rudra. He was awarded with Rs 25,000 by the school.

Cricket meet

Saurabh Arora will lead the Chandigarh XI (below-17) for the Haryana inter district tournament for Rajinder Goel trophy. Chandigarh will play their first tie against Karnal at Karnal on October 13.

The team is: Raj Angad, Varun Kaushal, Sandeep Bhattacharya, Charanjeet, Tajwinder Gill, Pawan Kumar, Jatinder Singh, Chetan Raj, Gaganpreet, Ankush, Varun Khanna, Deepak, Rakesh, Gaurav Lopia. Kamal Mehra will be the coach-cum-manager.


SSP’s post: 3 interviewed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
An informal interview for the post of SSP, Chandigarh, was held today with three candidates meeting the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), here today. The three — Mr Gaurav Yadav, Dr Sharad Chauhan and Mr Harpreet Sidhu — are all Punjab cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

Once a name is shortlisted it will be forwarded to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for further approval of the Prime Minister’s Office. The present SSP, Mr Parag Jain, completes a three-year tenure in November. Till late in the evening no name had been finalised. The annual confidential reports (ACRs) of three officials had been examined.

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