New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a massive awareness programme about the curability of leprosy. The court said the awareness should be spread regarding the treatment of leprosy. It went on to say that treatment of leprosy should be free of cost

The apex court further directed that the national leprosy survey of 2010-11 should be published. The SC also said that an awareness programme that leprosy patients can go ahead and lead a normal life should be made.

Further, the Bench said that there should be no discrimination or isolation of leprosy patients in treatment and also in school admissions. Leprosy patients should also be given BPL cards so that they can avail schemes. The Centre and states should provide the minimum sustenance scheme to leprosy patients, the court added.

The Supreme Court on Friday scrapped it’s earlier decision to set up local-level committees to look into dowry harassment complaints before arrests are made and said that it cannot fill in legislative gaps. It then asked the  Parliament to make suitable rules to check abuse of the law.

The court said there are in-built remedies in Criminal Procedure to check the misuse of law like Section 41A and anticipatory bail among others. The top court also pronounced its verdict on the arrest of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) space scientist S Nambi Narayanan in the alleged spying case and termed the case as ‘needless and unnecessary’.

The apex court also granted him a compensation of Rs 50 lakh and ordered a probe to ascertain the role of SIT officers who had framed him in the ISRO espionage case.