Matrimonial meet in Pune for HIV positive people this Friendship Day

Rizwan Khan for Pune Mirror

More than 150 people living with HIV got an opportunity to find their prospective life partners on the occasion of Friendship Day, on Sunday. The matrimonial meet was organised by NGOs working with target communities in Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Memorial Hall, Koregaon Park and was attended by candidates from all over the country.

Kassie Dantzler, the co-ordinator of Wake Up Pune told Mirror ,“It’s the second time in the city that such an event was organised. It is the joint initiative of Wake Up Pune and DISHA (NGOs working for HIV prevention).

We contacted NGOs in other states and invited candidates from all over. This year, the response is just inspiring as compared to last year”. She further said, “The purpose of this event is to encourage HIV-affected people to voice their expectations about remarriage. Last year around 22 people got married and are now happily settled”.

The meet involved two sessions, where the candidates first registered their names under ‘bride’ and ‘bridegroom’ lists and later in the day, were introduced to each other through fun activities and games.

A couple who got married at last year’s meet attended this year’s meet which is their marriage anniversary. Kamla (name changed) proudly shared the news of her pregnancy sitting with her husband. “I found my hubby because of this event. We understand each other’s problems” she said. Kamla had been infected by her first husband, who she has a 10-year-old son with.

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