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HIV positive boy barred from school: NHRC notice to WB Govt

Indian Express on Nov 20 reported, the seven-year-old boy upon being tested HIV+, five months ago, was asked to leave the school after the confidential report about his health status was leaked.

By: PTI | New Delhi | January 15, 2016 7:17:26 pm
aids, hiv positive student, bengal hiv positive student case, NHRC, West bengal govt, west bengal news, india news, latest news The boy, his mother at their home in Bishnupur in South 24 Parganas. (Source: Express file photo by Subham Dutta)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the West Bengal government following reports that an HIV positive boy was removed from a school in South 24-Parganas district.

The Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that a private school in Bishnupur area of South 24-Parganas banned an HIV positive student and also forced his maternal grandmother, a teacher in the same school, to take a ‘purity test’ and since then she has been a target to repeated verbal abuse.

First report on Express: School bans HIV-positive kid, forces his grandmother teacher to take ‘purity’ test 

“The content of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim, most importantly, the Right to Education of the seven-year-old boy,” the Commission observed while issuing notice to the state Chief Secretary calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

Read: Shown the door for being HIV-positive, 7-year-old returns to school 

The Commission has also observed that this is a sad state of affairs. “It is the lack of awareness among the people about HIV/AIDS that breeds the stigma, prejudice, fear and the consequent discrimination of the victims,” it said.

According to the media report, dated November 20, the seven-year-old boy upon being tested HIV+, five months ago, was asked to leave the school after the confidential report about his health status was leaked and the parents of several children signed a petition demanding his ouster. Reportedly, both the parents of the child are also HIV positive.

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