Like any other new bride, Laxmi (name changed) dreamt of a happy married life. Instead, she got torture, mental harassment and HIV.
Married to a truck driver in 2010, this woman from Barmer had no idea that her husband was HIV positive. Beaten and harassed every other day by her husband, she kept her peace even after he would beat her up mercilessly during her pregnancy.
However, she soon felt ill and medical tests confirmed that she was HIV positive. The doctor insisted on her husband taking the test as well which came positive. Afraid that people would come to know about this, he branded Laxmi characterless and threw her out of the house.
At her parent’s house, Laxmi gave birth to her son who also tested positive for HIV. “My father is poor and does not have money for our treatment. Even now, my husband has threatened my family not to get me treated,” she said.
Left with no other option, Laxmi approached the Rajasthan Women’s Commission. “After hearing my case, RWC chairperson Lad Kumari Jain directed the Barmer police to help me,” said Laxmi. The police will first try to intercede with her husband. If he refuses to take her back, a case will be filed against him.
Chief medical and health officer of Barmer Dr Jitendra Singh said he has referred Laxmi and her son to the principal medical officer of Barmer where they are getting regular treatment.