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Bill in LS to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

could soon be removed as a ground for from statute books.

The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 introduced in Lok Sabha today seeks to amend five personal laws -- the Act (for Christians), the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, the Hindu Marriage Act, the Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act -- to strike down as a ground for seeking

According to the bill, introduced by for Law P P Chaudhary, the provision of as a ground for divorce was part of the laws because when these acts came into being, leprosy was incurable.

"Leprosy patients were isolated and segregated from society as the leprosy was not curable and the society was hostile to them. However, as a result of and availability of modern to cure the disease, the attitude of the society towards them began to change," states the bill.

It said old legislative provisions discriminating against the people affected by leprosy continued in various laws.

The government, the measure states, decided to omit such discriminatory provisions from the personal laws based on the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission, the observations of the Committee on Petitions of the Rajya Sabha, the recommendations of the and the observations by the

It said the proposed law would ensure elimination of discrimination against leprosy-affected persons and provide for their integration into the mainstream of the society.

In one of its recent reports, the had also recommended repeal of laws and provisions which were discriminatory against leprosy affected people.

Besides, is a signatory to a UN Resolution which calls for elimination of discrimination against persons suffering from leprosy.

In 2014, the had also asked the Centre and the state governments to take steps for rehabilitation and integration of leprosy affected people into the mainstream, the functionary said.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 15:30 IST