HIV positive mother demands custody of her daughter

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Jaipur, Sep 28 (UNI) A lower court has denied an HIV positive widow the custoy of her nine-year-old daughter.

The district magistrate of Alwar has ordered that the child be left with her paternal grandparents instead of her HIV positive mother, Sheela, who is engaged in a legal battle with her inlaws after her husband's death in 2003.

Addressing a press conference was organised by Peoples Union of Civil Liberties and Positive Womens Network in support of the harrowed mother be restored of her daughter as the natural gurdian.

Sheela said her husband was an army man who died of AIDS. ''My husband died of AIDS in 2003. I was married in 1995 and my husband tested HIV positive in 1997.'' She said she contracted the disease from her husband in 2000 before his death in 2003.

Sheela and her daughter continued to live with her inlaws even after her husband's death but things turned sour after the inlaws tried to grab the compensation of Rs four lakh which she received from the army.

She said, ''My inlaws demanded the whole money for buying land but I wanted to save it for my daughter. When I refused to tow their line, they threw me out keeping my daughter with them.'' When they refused to hand over the custody of the child, she approched the court in Alwar. ''I have lost every thing- my husband, relatives - I am a HIV carrier and my only posession in this world is my daughter,'' she said.

Sheela has now filed a revision petition in Additonal Civil Court, Jaipur demanding that her inlaws return the compensation money they received on her husband's death and the dowery she brought during marriage.


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