Indian women with disabilities at risk in mental institutions

December 3, 2014 12:19 PM

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Indian women with disabilities at risk in mental institutions

From left to right, Human Rights Watch (HRW) activists Shantha Rau Barriga, Meenakshi Ganguly, Bhargavi Davar from Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse, HRWs Kriti Sharma, and Smriti Minocha from Human Rights Law Network, release a report titled "Treated Worse than Animals: Abuses against Women and Girls with Psychosocial or Intellectual Disabilities in Institutions in India" in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

Women and girls with disabilities in India are pushed into mental institutions, where they live in unsanitary conditions and are at constant risk of physical and sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.

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