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Caught in red-tape, HIV+ girl dies at airport | Fly safe

Oct 29, 2008 10:15 PM IST India India
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Kolkata: A 22-year-old HIV+ girl from Mizoram died at the Kolkata airport on Tuesday when she was not allowed to board a plane to Aizawal. The airports authority had declared her unfit to fly. Lalnun Mawii was terminally ill and wanted to spend her last days at home. She was undergoing treatment at the Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru and was headed home. On Monday morning, she made a stopover at Kolkata to catch the Aizwal-bound connecting Air India flight. Airport authorities stopped her from boarding the plane after she fell ill at the airport. Despite Mawii's husband insisting that she be taken home, the patient was moved to Mizoram House in Kolkata. Mawii returned to the airport on Tuesday to catch a Kingfisher Airline flight but died at the waiting lounge. "That girl wanted to die at home. Because of the most callous and inhuman behaviour of the airport authorities, she died mid way. It is shocking,” says former police commissioner (Bengaluru), HT Sangliana Airports Authority of India say they were bound by rules laid down by the Director General of Civil Aviation. The AAI took Mawii to the airport doctor and then to a local nursing home and the patient was advised immediate hospitalisation. The Mizoram House doctor too had a similar opinion. Post her death, officials of Mizoram government in Kolkata say they have no complaints against the airline.