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Parliament on Wednesday passed a Bill removing leprosy as a ground for divorce under five personal laws, including the Hindu Marriage Act.

The Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Budget session passed the Bill without debate after consensus on the issue.

The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 sought to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce in five personal laws — Hindu Marriage Act, Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, Divorce Act (for Christians), Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act.

However, consensus eluded on the Consumer Protection Bill which the government sought to push on Wednesday.

The Upper House first passed The Personal Laws amendment Bill 2018 by voice vote and then Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu took up the Consumer Protection Bill but the same was met by vociferous protest from Trinamool Congress and Left parties, forcing a 10-minute adjournment of proceedings.

When the House reassembled, Mr. Naidu said there was a communication gap on the Consumer Protection Bill and the same would not be taken up.

The Consumer Protection Bill 2018would replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

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