HIV drives 15 lakh kids homeless

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JAIPUR: City-based NGOs observed World AIDS Orphans Day on Saturday to draw attention to the plight of such children. They organised programmes to sensitise people.

Lata Singh, programme cordinator of FXB India Suraksha, said 15 lakh children are homeless due to HIV in India. The situation is getting worse in Rajasthan despite the government’s massive awareness programmes, she added.

“Jaipur has around 2,000 HIV positive children. This data is collected with the help of NGOs and hospitals. However, many of them are out of the reach of both,” added Singh.

Suraksha organised this programme at Virandavan marriage garden. They called around 20 HIV positive children along with activist working for rights of these children and government officials.

During the programme some children narrated their tragic tales through songs. Sukhdev Singh (name changed) (14), a HIV positive says how his uncle abandoned him outside railway station in Solapur barely months after the death of his parents in a road accident.

After living at the mercy of beggars at the station for some days, he came to Jaipur on the train and started consuming drugs. Here he was spotted by this NGO. After a medical test it was revealed that he is HIV positive.

Since then, he underwent many counselling sessions and started going to school. Singh fears that people discriminate against HIV positives despite the government’s massive awareness programmes.

RU Professor Shashi Sahay addressed HIV positive students. She said that biggest challenge for civil society is to bring them into the mainstream.


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