AIDS drives a family to commit suicide in Gujarat

A family of four committed suicide here today. Husband and wife are said to be suffering from AIDS. The couple made two daughters consume poison and it itself also used poison for the mass suicide. The family has been identified as Deepak Hasmukh Panchal (38), Pannaben Panchal (34) and their daughters Divya (13) and Vaishnavi (4).

Police said that it appeared that the couple which was diagnosed as patients of HIV positive was tired of long treatment and in frustration.

2009-03-18 20:03:03/ Gujarat Global News Network, Vadodara

The woman was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS around four years ago and had been taking treatment at the SSG Hospital in Vadodara and Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. The family had also registered with the Vadodara chapter of the Gujarat State Network for Positive People (GSNP+) nearly eight months ago.

The incident took place in the Ravipark society of Makarpura area of the city. Neighbours had informed police when there was no movement in the house till late noon. Police broke open the house and found the bodies of four. Deepak owned two row houses in the same society and a workshop at GIDC Makarpura, while Pannaben was a housewife. The two daughters were studying in school.

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