The three-day Indo-European symposium 'Coercion' organised by Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) was inaugurated by District Principal and Sessions Judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli at Mysore Medical College's Platinum Jubilee Auditorium here this morning.

Speaking on the occasion, Sankolli said that the Indian Constitution had given every citizen right for mental and physical health. He said that importance should be given to the person suffering from mental health and he/she should be allowed to live with dignity and honour.

He also called upon the Police department and medical fraternity to help the people with mental disability and treat them with humanity. He said that judiciary would help such persons in getting their rights as prescribed in the Constitution.

Later, Mysore SP R. Dileep said that Police would work hand-in-hand with judiciary and medical fraternity to bring down the problems related to mental health in the society.

Dr. Roger Almik, President, European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG), released the e-Souvenir CD.

Dr. Geetha K. Avadhani, Dean and Director, MMC&RI; Prof. H. Chandrashekar, Member Secretary, Karnataka State Mental Health Authority; Dr. B.N. Ravish, HoD, Department of Psychiatry, MMC&RI; Prof. Peter Lepping, Organising Chairman; Prof. Rob Poole, Co-Director, Centre for Mental Health and Society, UK; Dr. Murali Krishna, Consultant Psychiatrist; Dr. Jagadish, Dr. Subbe Gowda, students, and delegates from India and abroad were present. The MMC&RI feted 12 foreign delegates who are participating at the symposium.