Will the new mental health legislation prove empowering for the mentally-ill? Reshma Valliappan, 34, loves to paint, dance and swim. A prominent artist, who makes a living by selling her work online, she is independent, opinionated and athletic. Most see her as an exceptionally talented individual. But the government has stripped her of her right to be free, to follow her emotions to create her art and make Âindependent choices. In other words, she does not have full legal capacity.