From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM
Subject: Investigate death of HIV+ woman, Manipur
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the following news link and the attached report: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Mystery-shrouds-death-of-HIV-woman-NGOs-join-cause/articleshow/9176279.cms
Mystery shrouds death of HIV+ woman, NGOs join cause
TNN | Jul 10, 2011,
IMPHAL: Hordes of NGOs, including the Manipur Network of Positive People, have asked the state government to order a reinvestigation into the recent death of an HIV-positive woman here.
The body of Rasheshori (33) was found at her Sagang village house in Imphal East district on the night of June 2. It was alleged that she was killed by her trucker husband, M Ibomcha, for keeping her HIV status concealed. On the basis of the allegation, police arrested Ibomcha, a resident of Yainganagpokpi.
However, the incident took a new twist with the locals of Sagang claiming that Rasheshori was killed by her brother, Milan, owing to some disputes over land. Following this, activists of NGOs such as MNP+, Women Action for Development and SAATHI on Saturday staged a demonstration at Singjamei Bazaar in the heart of the city, seeking reinvestigation into Rasheshori's murder. They also claimed that Ibomcha had not murdered his wife. tnnThe NGO leaders also said they were mulling to move court to find out who killed Rasheshori's.
Holding placards with messages like "Don't discriminate HIV+ve women and children," " Reinvestigate the murder of Rasheshori", " Save the life of HIV-affected orphans" and "Ensure the right to health education and shelter to all children infected and affected by HIV/Aids", the NGO activists said the government must take certain measures for the welfare of Ibomcha's two children.
Manipur is among six states in the country which have high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. According to Manipur State AIDS Control Society statistics, Manipur has 38,016 HIV-positive people. Of them, 10,109 are women and 2,578 children.
This is a serious case of human rights violation. On behalf of PVCHR, I request you to look into the matter and take necessary action.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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