Rising Violence Against AIDS Patients in India: Rights Group
November 18, 2002
New York-based Human Rights Watch warned on Nov. 13 that increasing violence against HIV-infected persons in India is threatening the international aid effort. Referring to Microsoft founder Bill Gates' $100 million AIDS grant to India, HRW's AIDS program Director Joanne Csete said, "Bill Gates is right that the AIDS epidemic is poised to explode in India. But his generosity will be undermined if the Indian government doesn't do something about the widespread violence against people who are affected by the disease." HRW said it has documented numerous cases of police harassment and violence against HIV/AIDS outreach workers in India, as well as evidence that people with HIV/AIDS face abuse and discrimination in the health care system.
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