The Imphal Free Press
IMPHAL, April 16: Demanding a state policy for the safety of people living with HIV/AIDS and to punish the culprits who killed the 18 years old orphan Noinoisana alias Garman an ART patient by unknown persons at Malom Tulihal Makha Leikai, a mass sit-in-protest was organized today at Keishampat junction by NGOs working for the people living with HIV/AIDS.
The protesters included volunteers of SASO, MNP+, CARE Foundation, Bosco Mangal and Kripa Foundation.
While speaking to the media Jiban Mala Devi, managing director of the Kripa foundation Imphal disclosed that people living with HIV/AIDS in the state despite facing discrimination from the society are now subjected to fresh cause for insecurity.
The recent killing of Noinoisana has ensured this, she said. She further said that there is an immediate need for framing a state policy for protection of people living with HIV and AIDS specially orphans and destitute children whose parents died out of HIV/AIDS.
Besides there is a need to also allow them to live with dignity. Towards this, there is a need for the state government to frame appropriate policies, she said.
The managing director representing the participants of the dharna today made strong appeals to the state government to book the culprits involved in the killing and punish as per the law.
It also said the government should not resort to the usual tactics of arresting some suspects just so that public anger is toned down. In a later development the sit-in-protest was disallowed by a team of Imphal West police following the failure of the agitators to produce official permit from the concerned district magistrate and dharna was forced to a premature conclusion at about 12.30 pm this afternoon.