HIV positive woman ostracised in WB

KOLAGHAT (WB): A 30-year old woman and her family have been ostracised by residents of her village near Kolaghat after she tested HIV positive.

Tuku Singh, the mother of a seven-year-old daughter, was diagnosed to have been affected three months ago and underwent treatment for about two-and-half months at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.

She returned home to her parents at Mahish Gate near the Kolaghat Thermal Power station on June 30 and was socially boycotted by the villagers, the family said.

The Times of India

Her husband is a contractor worker and stays at Haldia and she stays with her father, who is a farmer.

Her parents have complained that the child is being prevented from attending school by the villagers and the family has to rely on relatives for buying their daily provisions. They are even prevented from using the pond outside their home and none of their neighbours speak to them or visit them.

Chief Medical Officer, Health, Ranjit Ray when contacted said that he had received complaints from both the family and the panchayat on the social boycott.

The block medical officer, health, has been sent to the village to look into the case, he said.



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