A three-day ‘Indo-European Symposium on Coercion’ will begin at the Platinum Jubilee Hall of the Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC & RI) here from Friday.

B.N. Raveesh, organising secretary of the event and professor and head, Department of Psychiatry, MMC &RI, told presspersons here on Wednesday that coercion was an aggressive and violent form of behaviour that was a complex phenomenon of importance in society.

The symposium would provide a platform to researchers, healthcare practitioners and others to exchange information. It would further promote collaboration and research. Sessions on clinical and managerial aspects, including the latest research on coercion, benchmarking hospitals would also be held. The symposium would be addressed by both Indian and European speakers, Dr. Raveesh said.

Peter Lepping, organising chairman of the event, said that a team had been working in Europe since the last 15 years to raise awareness on coercion through training and research methods to reduce the phenomenon. He stated that the team had made strides and more research would be taken up to understand coercion better and tackle it.

Speakers would chair different sessions on all three days.

Principal District and Sessions judge, Mysore, Mohan Sripad Sankolli, would inaugurate the symposium at 9 a.m.