"Those suffering from mental health problems are marginalized due to the stigma associated with the illness. Unlike the differently abled, the mentally-ill have no cognitive or mental ability to represent themselves and therefore are deprived of human rights," said Dr. Shiv Gautam, Member, Advisory Board on Health, National Human Rights Commission. He was speaking at the two-day Indian Global Psychiatric Initiative Congress 2012 at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi on January 17 (Tuesday), 2012.