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Lawyers' body to come up with draft legislation on AIDS

The legislation will deal with issues such as rights of those living with HIV/AIDS and stigma surrounding it.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2004 01:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

A draft legislation on HIV/AIDS will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in April this year.

The legislation will deal with issues such as the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination, prevention of quackery and spurious drugs, and putting in place financial mechanisms for new technologies such as vaccines. The legislation is being drafted by the Lawyers' Collective in association with NACO and ICMR.

The announcement was made by Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal, who is part of the Lawyers' Collective and co-chair of the Indo-US Parliamentary Forum. “Currently, there are gaps in laws related to HIV/AIDS. For example, you can move court only if the state discriminates, but the new draft subjects private employees to anti-discrimination laws,” he said.

Sibal said they wanted “the government to have a mechanism in place” to tackle the epidemic. “We should legislate by 2005,” he added.

First Published: Jan 12, 2004 01:34 IST