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AIDS damages

Calcutta, Dec. 4: The high court today ordered the government to pay compensation to an AIDS-affected family in Burdwan.

The mother of Kartick Roy, a man in his early thirties who returned to his village from Delhi in July 2001, fell ill soon after. She was admitted to the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital and Kartick donated blood for his mother. He later fell ill and doctors found him HIV positive. Months later, he died.

Blood reports of the mother confirmed that she was infected. The family members filed a case against the hospital for not testing the blood used. The court found the hospital guilty.

Justice Pranab Chatterjee today asked the government to pay Rs 25,000 to the family within a month and Rs 5,000 for its legal expenses.

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