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About Paripurnata

In the late eighties, social activists in India started raising public awareness about the plight of the mentally ill persons, who because of paucity of accommodation in the mental hospitals, were consigned to the prisons, ostensibly for their own safety. They were termed Non Criminal Lunatics (NCLs), but were treated like criminals in appalling and subhuman conditions without treatment and without any hope to ever recover from their ailments and to reunite with their near and dear ones.

A few right thinking persons in Calcutta formed a group to go deep into the matter. They deliberated on various options and decided on a model of rehabilitation process, known as Halfway Home, as was suggested by Dr. Joyce Siromoni, who was associated with a somewhat similar organisation in Bangalore. The model envisages a residential psychosocial rehabilitation process involving pharmacotherapy, counselling, occupational therapy and socio-cultural therapy.

On 20th April 1991, in the 1st formal meeting of the group, which later morphed as Paripurnata, Ms. Juthica Stangl on behalf of Shadhika Foundation, a USA based non-profit organization offered financial assistance as seed money. Soon after, Bread for the World of Germany pledged support. Both these organizations have continued to provide support to Paripurnata for its activities.

Subsequently in 1992, Paripurnata launched the first Halfway Home in Eastern India with a six-bed facility in a dilapidated building belonging to the Department of Prisons....

In late 1992 a Commission, constituted by the Supreme Court of India in response to a Public Interest Litigation on the conditions of the mentally ill persons, visited Paripurnata and examined its process of psychosocial rehabilitation. The Commission in its report titled "Unlock the Padlock-Mental Health Care in West Bengal (Jan. 1993)" recommended that, the process and the method followed by Paripurnata should be replicated in every district of the State.


Paripurnata in 2006 moved to its present building, built on a land leased by the Govt. of West Bengal. The construction cost of the building came from individual and institutional donors, both Indian and foreign, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and also from its own reserve fund.

During the intervening period the available infrastructure was developed, new facilities and amenities were added to accommodate 30 beds, with potential for further expansion. Paripurnata now is a trusted name in the field of mental health care for women.

Credentials :-

  • Registered with the Registrar of Societies, GoWB, under the Societies Registration Act XXVI of 1961. Reg. no. S/68279 of 1991-92, August 08, 1991.
  • Registered with Darpan portal of Niti Aayog, GoI : VO/NGO Unique ID No. WB/2012/0050194, April 19, 2012.
  • Registered with Min. of Home Affairs, GoI,u/s 6(1) of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. 1976, Reg. no. 147120439, July 20, 1995.
  • Licence from Dte of Social Welfare, u/s 3(2) of WB Women's and Children's Institutions Licensing Rules, 1958. No. 3156/SWD, (2508), December 15, 2016.
  • Licence from Dte Health Services, GoWB for Maintenance of Rehabilitation Centre cum OPD Clinics, u/s 8&11of Mental Health Act. 1987, Licence No. : L/MHA-10/01/R-3/16, September 20, 2016.
  • Permission of GoWB, Dte of Health Services, for Induction of mentally ill women from Calcutta Pavlov Govt. Hospital. Order No. Had/9M-26-97/KW/A4511/1(3), July 27, 2009.
  • Registered with, GoWB, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PWD), u/s 52(2) & 4(b) of the PWD Act. 1995 and Rule 43, of the PWD Rules 1999. Reg. No. 336(R)/com-d 16-17, September 01, 2016.
  • NOC from WB Fire & Emergency Services for occupancy of the Institutional Building, vide WBFES/8357/24 Pgs-B/5/2002(384), July 24, 2006.
  • NOC from WB Pollution Control Board, u/s 2490(PtI) of 1974 and Environment (Protection) Act., 1974, vide 327-2N/ZII/R/127-II, September 26, 2011.
  • Registered with Dte of IT (Exemption),u/s 12A, IT Act. 1961. Reg. no. DIT(E)/S-51/8E/2/92-93/ 3843-45, February 28, 1994.
  • Certificate for Exemption,u/s 80G(5)(vi) of IT Act. 1961, Order No. DIT(E)/96/8E/02/92-93, May 18, 2005.
  • PAN (Permanent Account Number) : AACAP6688A.
  • TAN (Tax Deduction at Source Account Number) : P-3362-C(C)/CAL.
  • Certificate of Accreditation on Desirable Norms, from Credibility Alliance, a consortium of non-profit organizations, established to enhance good governance, accountability and transparency in the voluntary sector.
  • Badge of Give Assured 5 Stars, towards assurance to the common man on their contributions, from GiveIndia, a leading online international donor agency.

Meet Our Team

Sailen Ray

Dr. Jayasree Maiti


Jayasree Maiti

Shri B. C. Chakrabarti

Hony Secretary

Prabir Basu

Shri Prabir Basu

Vice President

Shri Arunabha Das

Shri Arunabha Das

Hony Treasurer


"My admiration and my faith (25.03.2008)."
H.E Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Governor of West Bengal

"This is an incredible experience of what love and care can do (30.04.2009)."
Prof. Nabanita Dev Sen, eminent scholar and author

"Thank you for the inspiration. May God richly bless the work (25.01.2010)"
The Very Revd. Dr.John R. Hall, Dean, Westminster Abbey, London, UK

"Many thanks for your help for these ill people to include them in our society (25.01.2010)"
Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, The Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, Germany

"The efforts of highly public-spirited individuals of the halfway home who run half-way homes like Paripurnata to ensure their rehabilitation. These public spirited individuals are our real heroes and society and the nation must recognize their valiant efforts (29.12.2010)"
H.E Shri M. K. Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal