BAREILLY: A 40-year-old man detected as HIV positive was purportedly killed by his wife and in-laws in the Bhojipura tehsil of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district, the Times of India stated.
The man was found dead under ‘mysterious circumstances’ at his in-laws house on Wednesday, where he had been living since he got sick a year and a half ago.
A police investigation discovered that the victim kept his illness undisclosed as he dreaded disgrace, and had begun undertaking counselling at an Anti-Retro Viral Therapy (ART) centre.
His wife and in-laws failed to offer an acceptable cause behind his death and instead of notifying the police of the incident, they apprised the victim’s family of his death and started arranging for the cremation.
His family, upon reaching the victim’s in-laws’ house, notified police they had observed injury marks on the victim’s body.
A post-mortem report issued on Thursday showed that the man had been choked to death and a case was registered against the victim’s wife, father-in-law and two other people.
Bhojipura police station Inspector JP Yadav said, “From the statement of the victim’s family, it has become obvious that his wife and father-in-law were unable to stand the stigma of housing an AIDS patient at their home, which possibly can be the reason behind his murder.”
Yadav said a murder case had been registered against the victim’s wife, father-in-law and two others but that no arrests had been made in the case yet.