Report No. 256
(viii) Social Awareness
7.10.16 Creating awareness regarding the cure and transmission of Leprosy is the principal way through which, the discrimination and stigma against Persons affected by Leprosy and their family members can be systematically curbed. The dire lack of awareness regarding the disease leads to segregation of Persons affected by Leprosy and their family members. Additionally, due to lack of awareness regarding the curability and treatment of the disease, many persons are afraid to seek medical assistance on account of the associated stigma.145
145. Data provided by TLMTI (n 88).
7.10.17 The Law Commission recommends that to tackle these issues, the proposed legislation should suggest measures for creating awareness regarding the disease, its treatment and its curability through campaigns and programs in schools, hospitals, government institutions and private establishments.