The Kripa Foundation Nagaland has expressed “astonishment” at the lack of response to a representation by NGOs addressed to the DGAR through the IGAR (N) on the discrimination and breach of confidentiality on a Naga AR jawan by the 42 AR who later died on November 4, 2009 of HIV and AIDS.
According to Kripa Foundation director, Abou Mere, till date no response has been received from the DGAR to the representation written on November 11, 2009 and which was also published in the local media and also highlighted by the international media.
The Kripa Foundation, however also expressed regret that even after the death of the jawan, the state government, UNAIDS and NACO despite having all the knowledge of the incident have not even raised their voice against the para-military force.
It said since the issue was forgotten by all, those who were living with HIV would continue to live in fear that they might also face similar fate.
“… because of the negligence of the Para-military force, we have lost a precious son of the soil,” it stated. The Kripa Foundation urged the state government, UNAIDS and NACO to take up the matter and vigorously investigate the case to ensure that anyone responsible was brought to justice.
Earlier, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) expressed “shock and pain beyond words at the manner of treatment given to the late jawan.”
The ENPO had urged the state government and agencies or organization dealing with HIV/AIDS to strengthen coordination in regard to treatment of HIV/AIDS patients.