Pune: Allegedly Fired For Being HIV Positive, Woman Wins Court Case To Get Reinstated

The Logical Indian Crew Maharashtra

December 5th, 2018 / 1:56 PM

HIV Positive Woman Pune

Image Credits: India Today

Three years ago, a Pune-based woman who was fired by her company following an HIV diagnosis, got her position as a trainee-operator back on Monday, December 3. According to the Hindustan Times, the Labor court has ordered the company to reinstate her position and provide her with all the back wages. 


Court asks the company to reinstate HIV affected employee

Reportedly, in 2015, after the revelation of her being HIV positive through the documents submitted by her to claim medical benefits, she was asked to resign within 30 minutes. Speaking to ANI she said, “I was asked to provide a document for the medical claim, and when I did that, they asked me about it (HIV). I told them I got it from my husband and within 30 minutes, they forced me to resign”. She also claims that she been working as a trainee operator with the company for five years.

As per a Times Now report, the company claimed that she had resigned herself, however, the document provided to her stated “Absenteeism” as the reason for her termination. On the other hand, the woman claimed that she was verbally informed that the reason was her being HIV positive.

“An employee was terminated on the basis of being tested positive for HIV; however, the company claims that the employee resigned herself”, the victim’s advocate Vishal Jadhav told ANI. The three year long trials revealed that she was terminated because she was tested positive. Moreover, the court observed that an employee cannot be terminated for merely testing positive for HIV. It can only take place under the frame of law, which was not done in this case. Reportedly, she was boycotted by her in-laws while her husband died due to the sexually transmitted disease.


The Logical Indian take

Countless government awareness programs and strategies have come into existence to make people aware of The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) ever since it was first reported in India. According to 2017 UN AIDS data, HIV infection in India has decreased by 46% and deaths due to HIV Infection by 22%.

Reportedly, in 2016, India had 80,000 new HIV infections compared to 1,50,000 in 2005, and 62,000 AIDS-related deaths compared to 1,50,000 in 2005. Overall, the data has shown a 66% decline in new infection from 2000 to 2015.

While these statistics show government’s effort to achieve “zero new infections and Zero AIDS-related deaths” in coming future, the sad news is that people living with HIV infection is still huge in numbers and more than the disease, society is making their lives even more challenging than it already is.

The Logical Indian hopes for more judgments like this to give the nation a nudge towards achieving “zero discrimination” as well.


Also Read: Delhi HC Asks AAP Govt To Increase Assistance To Aids Patients, Slams Them For Free Electricity And Water Scheme


Contributors

Written by : Anukriti Ganesh (Student, IIJNM)

Edited by : Sromona Bhattacharyya

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Karnataka: Villagers Drain Out 36-Acre Lake After HIV-Positive Woman Committed Suicide In It

West Bengal Students Clash

WB: 2 Youths Died As Police Allegedly Open Fired At Students Protesting Urdu Teachers’ Recruitment

Septic Tank DLF

Delhi: Four Killed While Cleaning Septic Tank, Were Allegedly Warned They’d Be Fired If They Refuse

Cafe Positive

Coffee, “Cha” And Joy, This Cafe Run By HIV-Positive Youngsters Serve It All

Kerala: 10-Yr-Old Reinstated After Father Alleges Daughter Was Expelled From Madrassa For Sporting A ‘Bindi’

News Of “HIV Contaminated” Cadbury, Frooti Fake; No, HIV Doesn’t Spread Through Food

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Aggressive Cow Protection Policies & Communal Rhetoric Hurt Farmers & Herders: Report

News

Anil Ambani To Face 3-Month Jail If He Fails To Pay Rs 453 Crore In 4 Weeks To Ericsson

News

Cobrapost: While 36 Celebrities Agreed To Tweet For Cash, These 4 Came Out As Shining Examples

News

How A Law Can Make Social Media Accountable?

My Story

My Story: “I Loaned Him Some Money & Few days Later He Had Opened His Own Food Stall”

News

More Than One-Third Of 16 Cr Indians Consuming Alcohol Are Addicts, Need Treatment: AIIMS Report

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.