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Tripura High Court directs government to conduct HIV tests on all prisoners, provide treatment to

24th October, 2021: The Tripura High Court has ordered the state and the Union of India to issue certain guidelines to its officials in association with the Aids Control Society to manage the particular study of all individuals staying in state jails, either as prisoners or as undertrial prisoners, to discover whether they are inflicted with HIV.

A Division Bench including Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Subhashis Talapatra conducted on Monday that if any such individual is seen, important steps thereof for their medication and care may also be taken by the law.

The High Court had enrolled a Suo moto PIL on the issue of certain care and medication being granted to the prisoners in the state inflicted with HIV.

“We leave it to the officials concerned to bring up this subject at an immediate basis, primarily to assure that if any such problem exists in the state of Tripura and its jails, the same should not become an epidemic and urgent care and medication of such individual, as may be needed, be started at the most prime. A report to such effect be presented before this Court by November 9,” the Court directed and set November 12 as the next date of trial.

The Bench designated Advocate Paromita Dhar as Amicus in the subject and led the Counsel for the state and other respondents to serve copies of their affidavits to her. The High Court ordered the Registry to present copies of records to Ms Dhar and also give with her, the report of the respondents.

“The record may be managed as private and names of such people, if any, may not be shown except the numbers. The state shall allow the Amicus to tour the prisons on prior notice and IG (Prisons) to accommodate all required support in this regard.


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