Rajasthan still bans leprosy patients from polls

  • | Thursday | 12th July, 2018

The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, disqualifies a leper from contesting panchayat elections. The state government should not only delete redundant laws but should also do away with the archaic and discriminatory laws. More than 60 principal laws and over 180 amendment Acts that had become redundant have been repealed so far. JAIPUR: Rajasthan has the dubious distinction of discriminating against and stigmatising leprosy patients as Section 19(f) of the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, disqualifies a leprosy victim from contesting panchayat elections.Section 19 of the law lays down qualifications required for contesting panchayat elections as a panch or a member. TimesView Since 2014, Rajasthan has been doing a commendable job in repealing redundant laws.

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