The HIV/AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill 2014 was introduced in the Upper House amid din.

The draft of the bill was finalised in 2006. Civil society groups and HIV/AIDS-affected people have long been demanding passage of the draft legislation.

Under the proposed law, HIV/AIDS-affected people will be provided protection against discrimination in employment, healthcare, education, travel and insurance, in both public as well as private sectors.

The bill proposes imprisonment and fine for those spreading hatred and discrimination against HIV patients.

According to official information, a fine up to Rs 10,000 and two years' imprisonment has been proposed as punishment for people acting negative towards HIV/AIDS patients.

The bill also proposes a legal commitment to provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) by the government to the patients as far as possible.


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