Times of India
08 June 2010
By Shibu Thomas
An HIV–positive woman has moved the Bombay high court over the police’s failure to take action against her relatives who threatened and abused her. The 30–year old widow, who stays with her mother in Khar–Danda, has alleged that her relatives were attempting to take possession of her home.
According to Neeta Patil (name changed to protect identity), her maternal uncle arranged her marriage in March 2002 with one Pramod and kept her in the dark about the fact that he was HIV positive. Pramod died in June 2004 due to AIDS– related complications and she moved to her mother’s house in Khar–Danda. Earlier this year, in April, her maternal uncle and his wife started abusing her. They physically assaulted her and locked her in her house, while shouting abuses. “AIDS wali, lavkar mar (You AIDS infected woman, die soon.),” is what her uncle and his wife shouted after they locked her door from outside, Neeta has claimed. Despite complaining to the police, no first information report was registered, Neeta said.
Additional public prosecutor Prajakta Shinde asked for time to file an affidavit and the court adjourned the matter by two weeks.
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