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Sharmili Mallick

A woman in Bonth Block of Bhadrak district in Odisha abandoned her husband allegedly after he recently tested positive for HIV. The couple was married for three years and has a daughter.

As per reports, the man had donated blood at a camp organised near his village some days back. Later, his blood samples were found inflicted with HIV.

The trouble in the marriage started after the man disclosed about the infection to her. She reportedly fought with him upon hearing the news and went to her paternal house with the child.

“I had donated blood at a blood donation camp a few days back. However, after examining samples of my blood, a doctor called me to the hospital and told me that I was HIV positive. I came back home and told my wife about it. She started quarrelling and left the house,” the man said.

“She also filed an FIR at the local police station against me. Following negotiations, she took away her belongings from my house and left. I tried to explain to her but she was in no mood to understand things,” added the man.

On the other hand, the woman alleged that her in-laws and husband used to physically harass her and since she was unable to bear the trauma anymore, she decided to leave the family.

She said the FIR she has lodged was against her husband and in-laws over dowry harassment. She has demanded the return of the money and other gifts she had brought during the marriage.

“My mother-in-law blamed me for my husband’s infection and thrashed me. They even tried to set me on fire by pouring kerosene on me. My in-laws had earlier beaten me following which I had approached the Sarpanch. I want justice for my child. He (her husband) has to give me alimony,” demanded the woman.

Meanwhile, her mother-in-law claimed that she was adamant on her decision to leave home. “We tried our best to make her understand. However, she was firm on her decision. She lodged a complaint at the police station following which we were called for negotiations with her. She then changed her decision and demanded all belongings which she brought during her marriage back. We do not want her to leave our family. She should come back,” the mother-in-law said.

The family’s immediate neighbour, Narendra Jena said it was necessary for the woman to stay with her husband in the testing times and give him support. “She should have understood the situation and stayed with her husband and family. Police, villagers and others tried to explain to her but she was unrelenting and left the house after taking away her gold, silver ornaments and other belongings,” Jena said.

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