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Bill to end discrimination against leprosy patients in next session of parliament

The Centre on Monday (August 20) informed the apex court that a bill will be placed before parliament in the coming session to omit provisions discriminatory towards leprosy patients.

The court posted the matter for next hearing to September 10.

Senior advocate Raju Ramchandran, appearing for petitioner Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy (VCLP) and Attorney General KK Venugopal apprised the court that they will file replies.

The bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was acting on a PIL by VCLP which highlights various state and central laws that discriminate against leprosy patients and stigmatise them.

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