ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Recovering from Psychosocial Traumas: The Place of Dargahs in Maharashtra

Dargahs have come under attack in recent times, following the tragic death of 25 mentally ill people at Erwadi in Tamil Nadu. The tragedy invited a Supreme Court suo motu intervention against local healing shrines all over the country that also included reform of the mental health system in general. This set of medico-legal events has led to the exclusive targeting of local healing shrines by various statutory agencies evoking human rights, ignoring the primary intent of the court that was reform of the mental health system in general. Against this context, we are presenting case studies of dargahs in Maharashtra which serve the purpose of healing from psychosocial traumas and argue for a more deliberate response to the vexed question of mental healing and overall health.

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