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Correct Option is 1 and 3

Article 17 abolishes ‘untouchability’ and forbids its practice in any form. The enforcement of any disability arising out of untouchability shall be an offence punishable in accordance with the law. 1. In 1976, the Untouchability (Offences ) Act, 1955 has been comprehensively amended and renamed as the Protection of Civil Rights Act,1955. The act defines a civil right as any right accruing to a person by reason of the abolition of untouchability by Article 17 of the Constitution. 2. The term ‘untouchability’ has not been defined either in the Constitution or in the Act. Hence statement 1 and 3 are correct. 3. It does not cover social boycott of a few individuals or their exclusion from religious services. Hence statement 2 is incorrect.

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