Ampareen concerned over rise of HIV/AIDS cases in state

Shillong, Apr 7: The Assembly Committee for Women Empowerment has expressed concern over the rise of HIV/AIDS in the State even as she added that out of these, as per data provided by authorities around 200 plus sex workers are currently carrying the virus.

Chairperson of the Assembly Committee, Ampareen Lyngdoh informed that there are 5,000 plus cases of HIV/AIDS positive cases in Meghalaya.

She also informed that as per data available out of every 1000 pregnancies in the state three women has HIV.

On Wednesday that the Assembly Committee for Women Empowerment interacted with the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of the districts of East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills and East Khasi Hills on the issue of rise in crimes against women.

Lyngdoh also expressed her concern over the rise in teenage pregnancy in West Jaintia Hills district.

She informed that there are 500 plus cases of teenage pregnancy in the district between the months of March till date which according to her is a wrong indicator how things are not going right.

Lyngdoh also informed that the committee will visit East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills on April 21, 22 and 23, to have an on the ground first hand information on how cases are progressing and how a sense of security is being sent out to the public at large.

Members of the committee Himalaya Shangpliang said that the committee found out certain lapses in the department of Social Welfare wherein the One Stop Crisis centre in East and West Jaintia Hills are not functioning in the right perspective.

“We expect that the One Stop Crisis that has been set up with assistance of the central government, wherein we have counselors, paramedics, legal officers would assist women who are in distress.”

Shangpliang also said that the other issue of concern is the absence of shelter homes for women.

According to him, the committee had repeatedly apprised the government on the need to set up shelter homes for women in the form of a rehabilitation centre or a de-addiction centre.

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