Leprosy omitted as a ground for Divorce, Personal Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019 notified

Murali Krishnan February 22 2019

Leprosy cannot be a ground for divorce anymore. The Government of India has notified the Personal Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019. The Act omits leprosy as a ground for divorce from various statutes governing marriage in India.

The following are the statutes and the provisions deleted.

  • Divorce Act, 1869 - ┬áIn section 10, in sub-section (1), clause (iv) is omitted.
  • Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 - In section 2, in ground (vi), the words "leprosy or" is omitted.
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