New Delhi: In a shocker from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, five children have been ostracised by their village community after their parents died after suffering from AIDS. The five children, the youngest of whom is just seven years old, were abandoned by relatives who feared that they would contract AIDS from them.
The children now live in the village graveyard, right where their parents are buried. They say that they survive on scraps of food that the villagers sometimes provide them. "After our parents died, our relatives abandoned us thinking they will contract AIDS from us. Now we have set up a camp in the graveyard and are living here," said a child.
After being contacted by CNN-IBN, the Pratapgarh ADM says that the children will be allotted a house under the Indira Awas Yojna. Pratapgarh CMO Vinod Kumar Pandey also said, "We will send a team at the village to conduct a test on the kids. We will provide all medical facilities to the kids and will set up camps for general awareness in the village."