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Sep 14, 2018
2:11PM

SC issues directions to Centre, states for rehabilitation of leprosy patients

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The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to consider framing separate rules for granting disability certificates to leprosy patients for availing reservation and various welfare benefits.
 
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued a slew of directions to the Centre and all states for eradication of leprosy and rehabilitation of those suffering from it.
 
The bench said, medical staff in private and government hospitals should be sensitised to ensure that leprosy patients do not face discrimination.
 
The apex court further said that awareness campaign should be launched so that leprosy patients are not isolated and allowed to lead a normal married life.

The court also asked the Centre and states to frame rules that public and private schools do not discriminate against children from leprosy affected families.

 
The court was hearing a PIL filed by an advocate alleging that the government was not taking adequate steps to eradicate the disease.

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