17 May 2010
Coordinator of Wake Up Pune, Emeline Rougeaux said that during the day they had set up live installations depicting the ‘stigma chakra.’
“We had people sitting in a group with black strips of cloth across their eyes and mouths and hand tied with ropes to signify the ignorance and discrimination that a person infected with HIV goes through,” she said.
Some volunteers held placards that read ‘break the silence, set us free’ while others distributed material explaining HIV/AIDS. This was carried out at M G Road, Kalyani Nagar, Tadiwala Road and Deccan Gymkhana.
In the evening, a silent march that included NGOs working in HIV/AIDS was organised from Sassoon Hospital’s ART centre and Golibar Maidan to M G Road.
A candlelight vigil was observed at Aurora Towers followed by speeches made by the members of the NGOs. “Today was all about silent and shocking images,” said Rougeaux.