Shame drives HIV couple to kill themselves and their three children
This was very tragic...Parents who apparently infected HIV in Bombay hanged themselves after poisoning their three children. The incident happened after discovering that their only daughter had also contracted the virus.
The couple, who lived in a middle-class district of Bombay, had hidden their infection from everybody except the father’s brother, who discovered the bodies.
Campaigners say that such situations are not uncommon in India, where HIV/Aids carries a massive social stigma. The UN estimates that 2.5 million people are infected across the country and has said that India is in the grip of a serious epidemic.
Knowledge about the illness is often confused — even among India’s professional medical community — but it is widely connected with sexual activity, which is a taboo topic in what remains a deeply conservative country