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NGOs Welcome Indian Draft Law Against Leprosy Discrimination But Say Much Remains To Be Accomplished

Devex: In India, NGOs struggle to fight an ‘eliminated’ disease
“In early April, the Law Commission of India submitted a draft law to stamp out discrimination against people afflicted with leprosy. Indeed, nearly a decade after leprosy was ‘eliminated’ in the country, there remain some laws that allow being afflicted with the infectious disease as grounds for divorce, firing, and even refusing someone a train seat. … So while nongovernmental organizations in the country welcome the draft law, they remain concerned that last-mile efforts to tackle the disease are being derailed…” (Francis, 5/11).

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