Leprosy No More Ground For Divorce

Leprosy No More Ground For Divorce, Personal Law (Amendment Bill), 2018, has been passed through a voice vote. The Lok Sabha passed Monday on Monday (amendment bill), which wants to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce, live law says. The bill was passed by voice vote.

The draft law seeks to remove this disease as the reason for divorce in the five private law-books, Hindu Marriage Act, Muslim divorce, divorce law (for Christians), special marriage law and Hindu adoption and maintenance law. State Minister for Law, PP Chowdhury said, “Leprosy is being removed as a field for divorce because it is considered to be an effective disease against previous assumptions. “The minister said, the provision mentioned as the land for divorce is discriminatory.

The Central Leprosy Division of the health ministry reported that 135,485 new leprosy cases were detected in India in 2017. In February 2017, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told parliament in a budget speech that India would eliminate leprosy by 2018.

The Central Government notified the Personal Laws(Amendment) Act 2019, to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce. To this end, it amends five Acts: (i) the Divorce Act, 1869 (ii) the Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act, 1939 (iii) the Special Marriage Act, 1954 (iv) the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, and (v) the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956. The Amendment Bill proposes to amend the provisions in these Acts which prescribe leprosy as a ground for divorce or separation from the spouse.

The statement of the object and the reasons for the law confirms medical progress in the field, causing leprosy cure. In the context of such progress, various statutory diseases have called for the elimination of discrimination against leprosy patients, leprosy patients have been separated and separated from society because leprosy was not the cure and society opposed them.

However, due to the availability of modern medicines for the health care and cure of diseases, society’s attitude towards them begins to change. Inequalities of discrimination against people affected by leprosy were made before the medical progress to prevent leprosy.

Following the verdict of the Supreme Court ruling in September last year, the parliament has recently passed the budget session passed by the parliament, giving guidance to the treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy, as well as ensuring discrimination against them and eliminating their family members.

Md Sahabuddin Mondal

Junior Advocate, Calcutta High Court

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