NHRC notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Secy on HIV positive widow issue

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and SP of Salem on a press report of HIV positive widow being hacked to death.

Taking suo moto cognisance of the report, which appeared in 'the Times of India' on November 18, the commission said it raised a serious issue of human rights violation of the victim.

The report said that Padmini, widow of Rajendran who had been diagnosed as being HIV positive, was found dead six months after the death of her husband from AIDS.

The woman was found in a pool of blood at Karunpur in Tamil Nadu's Salem district by her two step children when they returned home from school.

The report said it was neither a case of robbery nor of sexual assault and ther police suspected that she was hacked to death for being HIV positive.

The commission, after going through the press report, directed that the same may be forwarded to the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and the SP of Salem for a factual report within four weeks, an NHRC release said.


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