Times of India
25 August 2010
In what could be a clear case of social boycott, a four–yearold girl was sent out of a private school by parents of other students suspecting her to be HIV–positive. This shocking incident happened at Rao’s English medium private school in Vidyuthnagar area in Anantapur on Tuesday.
Angry parents forced the school management to send her out after photographs of her HIV–positive mother and stepfather were splashed in local media a few days ago. Though no medical tests had confirmed that the girl was HIVpositive. It all started when the girl’s mother M Lakshmi Devi married another HIV–positive patient K Khader Vali on Aug 20.
The girl was the daughter of Devi and M Kiran Kumar of Pulivendula in Kadapa district. Kiran migrated to Anantapur and worked as a room boy in a lodge. He was diagnosed as HIV–positive three years ago and died in March this year. Devi took shelter at a private NGO since then and the NGO head Usharani, who herself is HIV–positive, convinced Devi to enter into a wedlock with Khader Vali.
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