December 21, 2006

In Andhra ... + = —

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been on the spotlight for many firsts in technology, reforms, etc. However, this one is going to be a tough one to implement. They plan to introduce a legislation to make HIV test mandatory for couples who intend to marry.

India has the highest HIV infection population in the world and Andhra Pradesh one of its worst hit states. Commendable if the government feels it can pull the legislation through. Considering the social structure and stigmas in India, especially in rural areas, I wonder how the authorities intend to handle a typical situation when either of the couple is found HIV+! Given that fake degree certificates are easy to buy, how difficult will it be to get a fake test report!

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