Sunday, August 8, 2010

Erawadi

On August 6th 2001, 25 mentally ill people were burnt alive in a fire at a home in Erawadi, Tamil Nadu. They could not escape as they were chained to their beds. This tragedy shocked the nation and there was worldwide condemnation on this gross violation of human care.

On August 6th 2010, we commemorate the victims of this tragedy. We keep the memory of their charred bodies alive in the hope that the world remembers that mental illness does not mean degradation, isolation, and death of the human spirit.

They did not die in vain.

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