Pursuant to the landmark judgement by the Supreme Court of India in the Writ Petition filed by Pankaj Sinha against Union of India and Others (Writ Petition (Civil) No.767 of 2014) for inclusion and rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy, Rajya Sabha TV interviewed Dr Mary Verghese, Executive Director, The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) to get her views on this judgement.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India, on September 14, issued the following directions in a Writ Petition filed by Pankaj Sinha against Union of India and Others (Writ Petition (Civil) No.767 of 2014) for inclusion and rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy.
It’s a heartening development that the Supreme Court of India has taken up the issue of bringing in a positive law (an affirmative action law) that recognises the rights of people affected by leprosy and promotes their social inclusion.
It has changed now!
Here’s is encouraging news in the fight for reinstating human dignity and equality for people affected by leprosy in India!
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” nevertheless, there remains a plethora of discriminatory laws and practices in India that make people affected by leprosy unequal citizens of the country – we have identified 119 laws and provisions in India discriminating against them.