An HIV-positive woman had committed suicide by jumping into the lake (Representational pic)
The village of Morab in Karnatakas Hubli is likely to experience hectic activity in the coming days, government officials predict drain off a 23 acre lake and fill it with water from the neighboring Malaprabha Channel. The reason? Public pressure after an HIV-positive woman decided in late 20 to end her life by jumping in.
Her body floating in the lake on November 29 was bloated and half-eaten by fish. The villagers refused to drink water from the water because they believed it was infected with HIV.
Navalgund tahsildar Naveen Hullur said they had no choice but to yield to the demands of the villagers. "More than a thousand people came to the lake with eight water anchors, saying that if we did not drain it, they would do it with the tankers they hired, what could we do in such a situation?" asked he.
Water from the sprawling lake is pumped out on Wednesday evening or the following morning, then it is cleaned and then filled with water from the Malaprabha Channel on December 20.
Dr. Nagraj The director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Breast Cancer and Communicable Diseases claimed that there was no scientific basis for his panic. "It's wrong to believe that the water is contaminated with HIV, as studies show that the virus can not survive in water for more than eight hours at temperatures over 25 degrees Celsius, and now more than six days have passed since the body recovered has been." he said.