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Forensic assessment of fitness to stand trial cases in India

Dr. Bhavika Vajawat discusses assessment and evaluation of fitness cases in India.

In law (s.328/329, Criminal Procedure Code, 1973), courts look at two kinds of mental health concerns: ‘unsoundness of mind’ and mental retardation (intellectual disability) at the time of trial to decide whether a person is fit to stand trial. How would you define ‘unsoundness of mind’ for the purposes of a fitness evaluation?

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