Dr. Aisha Sanober Chachar and Adv. Khushbakht Jillani went live on Facebook on the 31st of October where they spoke about the legal landscape in relation to mental health, as well as the barriers to accessing mental health care in Pakistan.
Suicide and the attempt to commit suicide has been criminalized in Pakistan, with a failed suicide attempt carrying a yearlong incarceration as punishment.
The recent decriminalization of suicide by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party was also discussed during this live. Adv. Jillani also shed light on topics such as educating the police force in ways of dealing with people with mental illnesses and incorporating the teaching of legal jargon and methods in school curriculums so as to make it easy for the general public to recognize and exercise their constitutional rights.