The Law Commission’s recommendation to remove the word “leper” is welcome (April 8). In 2014, India had the largest number of new leprosy cases globally, i.e. 58 per cent. Most of those affected are children. Even the National Leprosy Eradication Programme has seen a rise in the number of persons affected. Laws like the Prevention of Begging Act are discriminatory towards persons who have the disease. It’s time the law undergoes modifications to live up to the concept of social justice.