Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding a number of legislations discriminatory to leprosy affected persons, 05/07/2018

  • 05/07/2018

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Pankaj Sinha Vs Union of India & Others dated 05/07/2018 regarding a number of legislations discriminatory to leprosy affected persons.

Some of the directions issued by the Supreme Court are the following:

(i) The Union of India and the Department of Health and other concerned Departments shall carry out awareness campaigns at various levels so that people come to know about the curability of the disease and of its not being contagious.

(ii) There should be specific programmes on All India Radio and Doordarshan, both at the Central and the State level, as also on the regional channels, for educating people about the fact that leprosy is not a communicable disease.

(iii) Union of India and the State Governments will apprise the Court about the steps taken with regard to the repeal of the provisions where leprosy has been treated as a stigmatic disability.

                               

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