27 Nov 2012
Mangalore Bar Association in association with Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat and District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit is all set to lend helping hand to HIV positives, transgenders and sex workers by providing legal assistance.
Legal aid cell with five advocates on board will start functioning in district to ensure social justice to people tested HIV positive, transgenders and sex workers.
Former president of Mangalore Bar Association SP Changappa said that the cell will extend help to solve various problems people in these groups face. "There are more than 3,000 laws in India, but there is no specific law that protects HIV positive people, transgenders and sex workers. The Union Ministry of Law and Justice had drafted HIV/AIDS Bill in 2007, but the President has not given assent to it so far. Most of the problems HIV positive people, transgenders and sex workers face will be solved if the Bill is enacted," Changappa said.
There are several instances of parents abandoning children after they were diagnosed as HIV positive. Some parents even deny property rights even though children have the right. Similarly, transgenders and sex workers too are being treated shabbily in the society. All such inequalities can be eradicated through the proposed Act, he added.
Changappa said that HIV positive people, transgenders and sex workers may contact the cell to avail assistance.