Repeal of the Indian Leper’s Act 1898

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Sarah Nikita, Head of Advocacy and Communication
The Leprosy Mission India Trust

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What happened onĀ 9 May 2016?

After many years of lobbying and following a recommendation from the Law Commission, the Ministry of Law and Justice in India repealed The Lepers Act 1898 and 29 other acts that discriminate against people affected by leprosy. The Law Commission has worked closely with us and our colleagues at ILEP Member agencies in India.

See article in Daily Pioneer

Does this success mean that all laws that discriminate against people affected by leprosy have been repealed?

Sadly, no. this achievement is a tremendous milestone in removing discrimination against people affected by leprosy but there is still work to be done to repeal other Indian laws that continue to directly and indirectly discriminate against people affected by leprosy.

What is the EDPAL bill?

The EDPAL Bill is a part of the 256th ReportĀ of the Law Commission of India, submitted to the government in 2015. This includes a list of several laws that needed to be amended because of their discriminatory approach and proposes a new bill repealing all outstanding laws. Our colleagues at ILEP Member agencies in India continue to work with the Law Commission and lobby on behalf of this bill which must be passed.

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