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Socio-medical perspectives on leprosy in Indian religions

Abstract
Religion plays an important role in Indian culture, and greatly influences thinking and behavior around issues of hygiene and health. This study explored the religious texts of six major religions in India, and interviewed key informants, in order to identify religious precepts and proscriptions that may underlie current levels of stigma and social restrictions placed on people affected by leprosy.

The study found a historical basis for leprosy stigma in the scriptures of all six religions. Attitudes are changing, especially with the acceptance of modern treatment. It is essential to incorporate stigma reduction perspectives in religious preaching.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
M. S
Rao P
G. K
Year of Publication
2020
Journal
Leprosy review
Volume
91
Issue
2
Number of Pages
190-199
Language
eng
ISSN Number
2162-8807
DOI
10.47276/lr.91.2.190
Publication Language
eng