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HIV+ Couple’s Impasse Reaches Court

Times of India
29 March 2011
Ahmedabad, India

Woman Accuses Husband Of Molesting Daughter, He Asks Wife To Return
HIV+ Couple’s Impasse Reaches Court
After they found out that both of them were HIV positive – Praveen Sadhu (32) and Sonal (28) – separated in 2006. However, this is the second separation for the quarrelling couple. They are now contesting a maintenance suit in family court. When they were married on March 7, 2005, it was Sonal’s third marriage and Praveen’s second. The couple had an agreement that Sonal’s twoyear-old daughter from a previous marriage would also be maintained by Praveen. Accordingly, Sonal went from Ahmedabad to her in-laws in Morbi.

Soon after their marriage, they developed differences and Sonal returned to her parent’s home in Asarva claiming that her husband used to harass her over domestic issues. However in September 2005, they struck a compromise and Sonal went back to her husband. But, differences between the two refused to die down.

In early 2006, both found out about their HIV positive status. This shock made their relationship sour more. Sonal left her husband and on arrival at her maternal house, instituted a suit for maintenance and demanded Rs 3,000 each for her and her daughter every month. One of the allegations she levelled against her husband was trying to molest her daughter.

Praveen refused to pay the amount claiming he cannot afford it as he is a small farmer. He insisted that his wife should return instead. Responding to his wife’s accusations, Praveen proposed that she should keep her little daughter at her maternal home in Ahmedabad. A family court in the city tried hard to convince the couple to stay together, particularly because both of them are HIV positive. The court also advised them to resolve their disputes on the ground that none of them has sought divorce. Further hearing in this case is on April 11.
(Names have been changed to protect identity)

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