HIV positive girl back to studies

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016,15:26 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | A 20-year-old HIV positive girl, who was ostracised and forced to leave her hostel after she opened up about her condition, is back to her college in north Kerala’s Kannur district, thanks to the intervention of District Collector.

The first-year graduation student of a private college in Kannur had decided to leave the management hostel last month, where she had been put up as some of her fellow mates and their parents objected to her stay there after she revealed her HIV positive status.

College principal P A Junaid said the issue became public after the management sought another accommodation for her as some of her fellow hostel mates vacated the rooms. Hearing the girl’s plight, Kannur District Collector, P Balakiran stepped in to help her.

An awareness campaign was carried out among students and parents yesterday after which she was admitted to the hostel today. The Collector said he had held many rounds of talks with the girl, college management representatives and even organised an awareness class for other students and parents with the support of health officials.

I am happy that the issue has been solved and she has gone back to the hostel. The college authorities were very supportive throughout. Now other students and their parents are also convinced, Balakiran told.