EEO. 2021; 20(4): 2040-2044
Covid-19 Pandemic and Mental Health of Persons with Disabilities: In a Legal Perspective
Dr. Hafiz Ghulam Abbas, Dr. Muhammad Asad, Muhammad Sajjad,Dr. Naseem Razi.
COVID-19 has a significant threat to global health, which has peculiar implications for people suffering from mental health and disabilities. Considering this issue, this research paper examines laws on persons with mental disabilities in Pakistan protecting their rights especially mental health. It addresses the main question whether the legal framework on persons with mental disabilities is sufficient to deal with present challenges. The current findings show that the current legal framework and policies are inadequate and insufficient in nature and based on the archaic and outmoded laws that do not meet the needs of modern health crises like Coid-19 pandemic. It concludes that Pakistan needs to amend laws on the subject to overcome the present challenges. The qualitative and analytical method of research has been followed
Key words: COVID-19 Pandemic, Persons with mental disabilities, International laws, Pakistani law.