Thiruvananthapuram: Restrictions on leprosy patients to appear in public places, using public transportation and going to educational institutions will be lifted soon. The law reforms commission has directed the government to reform three acts and four rules in the state for this purpose.
The Supreme Court had asked all states to review the state laws that discriminate leprosy patients. The apex court has also asked the state governments to inform about further actions they have taken in the issue.
The government is planning to put three draft bills that needs amendment in the assembly. The government can directly amend the rules that require to be reviewed. Though leprosy was declared to have been eradicated from the country in 2005, there were restrictions for the patients.
Presently existing restrictions
Acts and rules to be amended
Law Reforms Commission member Dr. N. K. Jayakumar said that the discrimination against leprosy patients is groundless, when modern medical care and the present condition of the diseases are considered. The further actions are expected to put an end to the discrimination and ineligibility with legal support, he added.