Thane: HIV+ man, kin booked for hiding infection from wife

January 08, 2020

NAVI MUMBAI: Kamothe police registered an FIR against a 26-year-old woman’s husband and in-laws on January 3 following a Panvel judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) court order, after she alleged a year back that her 31-year-old husband, a BMC employee residing in Dombivli, and four in-laws did not reveal to her that he was HIV-infected before marriage, due to which she too got infected. She also alleged that her in-laws had been taunting her for her inability to cook and do domestic work.

The accused were booked under under section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of IPC.

Investigating officer, API Anil Devale, said, “The couple married in May 2017. After that, she suspected his frequent ill-health and saw him taking medicines daily. He claimed he was recently diagnosed with TB, and would recover soon.” He said the woman had also alleged that her sister-in-law, husband and an aunt from Kharghar would utter expletives.

He added, “In December 2017, her husband was hospitalized due to fever, when her in-laws did not allow her to speak to the doctor treating him. Hence, she got suspicious. After discharge from hospital, she insisted on revealing the truth, when he disclosed that he was HIV positive before marriage and was under medication. He requested her not to reveal it to her family.”

Devale said that she later fell sick and was hospitalized, but he refused to show her the medical reports. A quarrel ensued and after discharge she went to her maternal house in Kamothe, he said. When she told her parents about his infection, they got her tests done, which showed a positive result. It was confirmed by another hospital. “Her parents sought legal advice and approached Panvel JMFC,” he said.

Police said they had not yet arrested the accused, as they had to ascertain if he was infected before marriage.

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