Attention is directed by the Inspector-General to a marked increase in the admissions. The increase was largest at Dullunda, but the superintendent of that asylum cannot assign any reason for it. The excess occurred both among criminals (23) and non-criminals (15). Calcutta and 24-Parganas furnished 52 cases against 27 in 1898. Howrah sent 11, against 3 in the previous year. The superintendent of the Berhampore Asylum cannot satisfactorily explain the excess of 13 in that institution. The increase, however, was not local, but two districts of the Rajshadi Division sent 6 lunatics each, against nil in 1898. More lunatics were also received from Jessore and Nadia. At Cuttack, the superintendent attributes the increase to the admission of cases of temporary insanity sent for observation. The small increase at Dacca calls for no remarks. Criminal lunatics must, of course, be admitted into an asylum, but in regard to non-criminal lunatics Government circular No. 42, dated 3rd December, 1891, enjoins on the local authorities that greater discrimination should be exercised in sending a lunatic to an asylum. Although the increase in the number of admissions during 1899 was unusually large, it will be easy to suppose that the instructions of Government were not fully carried out. If, however, the admissions during the current year show an increase, the attention of the magistrates can be drawn to the circular quoted above.
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