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SC directs elimination of laws against leprosy-affected

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Since leprosy is no longer incurable, there is no logic in continuing with laws that discriminate against those afflicted with leprosy.

Laws that discriminate against leprosy-affected people are set to be abolished as the central government has assured the Supreme Court that it will consider the elimination of central laws against the leprosy-affected patients.

Hearing a petition by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, an NGO, an apex court bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also directed states and union territories to eliminate laws and rules that discriminate against leprosy-affected patients.

The court observed that outdated laws are in vogue. They were enacted decades ago when leprosy was considered incurable. CJI Dikpak Misra has been quoted as saying that due to advancement of medical science, leprosy is no longer incurable and so the discriminatory practices have no logic.

There are some119 laws that discriminate against people with leprosy. A man can divorce his wife if he comes to know that she is suffering from leprosy. There are laws that bar people afflicted with leprosy from seeking public employment.

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