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Aug 20, 2019
9:16PM

Vardhan writes to Law and Social Justice Ministries for amending existing discriminatory laws against persons affected by leprosy

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Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has written to Law and Social Justice Ministries seeking amendment of the existing discriminatory laws against persons affected by leprosy.

He said, the disease is now fully curable but it is disturbing that 108 discriminatory laws against persons affected by leprosy including three Union and 105 State laws, still exist. In his letter, the Minister said, the National Leprosy Eradication Programme has achieved enormous success in leprosy control, particularly in the last four decades. He said, India is committed for justice and equality of all individuals including persons with disabilities as per the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan has also written to Chief Ministers of 23 States and Union Territories for amending such laws in their States. In his letter, the Minister requested them to earnestly look into the matter and direct all the concerned departments and officers to work for the amendments of the existing discriminatory laws against persons affected by leprosy. He also outlined the discriminatory laws that need to be amended in the States.

 

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