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15th January, 2018
Supreme Court judgment relating to laws treating leprosy patients differently

One Writ Petition bearing WP(Civil) No. 1151/2017 titled as "Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy versus Union of India & Others" has been filed before the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India for declaring certain Central and State enactments as unconstitutional as there are some Central and state Laws which treat the patients suffering from leprosy differently. It is stated in the petition that there is no justification to treat a person suffering from leprosy as a person who is to be kept away from the mainstream of life and suffer the agony on the age-old beliefs that the disease is a sin or for that matter, is infectious or something to do it genetics. With the discovery of modern medicines, the disease has become absolutely curable and, therefore, the steps are required to be taken to cure them and bring them in the society and not to keep them away in the leprosy homes where they feel different and sometimes alien.

The above writ petition came up for hearing on 11.01.2018 before the 3 Judges bench of Hon'ble Supreme Court. During the hearing the counsel appearing for Union of India had stated that wherever there will be any provision which can be viewed as discriminatory or prejudicial to the persons suffering from leprosy, that shall be adequately dealt with.... read more

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People with intellectual disability cannot donate organs even to their kin
Such people cannot give informed consent, which is one of the primary criterion for organ donation
New Delhi, 14 January 2018: Recently, the Bombay High Court refused a plea seeking permission to a ‘intellectually disabled’ person to donate his kidney to his brother. The Hon’ble High Court of Bombay held that as per the provision of Section 2(f) of the Act, the donor must be a person who is not less than eighteen years of age and who voluntarily authorizes removal of his organ or tissues. Further, the provisions of Section 9(1C) of the Act puts bar on removal of human organ or tissues or both from body of a mentally challenged person.
In another major decision, the Kerala state legislature granted permission to prisoners in the state to donate their organs to immediate family members. To do so, the prisoners will have to first seek permission from the medical board and also from the particular court that prosecuted them.
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