BAREILLY: A 40-year-old man was allegedly killed by his wife and in-laws after they learnt he had been diagnosed with HIV.
The victim, a truck driver and resident of village Khamariya in India, was diagnosed a year-and-half ago, after which he moved in with his in-laws. Police investigation revealed the man kept his disease a secret fearing disgrace and shame that it would entail.
“From the statement of the victim’s family, it has become clear that his wife and father-in-law were unable to bear the stigma of keeping an AIDS patient in their house, which is the probable reason behind his murder,” inspector Bhojipura police station, JP Yadav told Times of India.
“We have lodged a case under Section 302 (murder) against the wife and father-in-law of the victim along with two others. No arrests have been made yet,” he added.
The incident took place after the victim returned home to his in-laws’ house following a counseling session which he took at the local ART centre. On Wednesday, the man was found dead under mysterious circumstances. His wife and in-laws failed to provide a satisfactory reason behind his sudden death.
According to the Times of India, instead of informing the local police they informed the victim’s family of his demise and began preparations for his cremation.
Upon the man’s family’s arrival to the victim’s in-laws’ house the following afternoon, his parents noticed injury marks on the body of the victim after which they informed local police.
The post-mortem report revealed the man had been strangled to death. As a result, a case was filed against the victim’s wife, father-in-law and two others.
This article originally appeared on Times of India.