The district administration officials of Morab in Karnataka’s Dharwad district were forced to drain a 36-acre lake after an HIV-positive woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping into it. The villagers refused to drink the water from the lake after the body of the woman was found in the lake. Reports say that the body of the deceased was found floating on the lake on November 29 and it was half-eaten by the fishes. Analysing the situation of the body, the villagers refused to drink the water claiming that it was contaminated with HIV.
Following the incident, the villagers pressed the district administration to drain the 36-acre lake. Dr Prabhu Biradar, Hubli-Dharwad City Municipal Corporation (Chief Medical Officer) said, “After the patient with suspected HIV committed suicide, people of the village have started removing water from the lake so that they don’t get HIV which is totally unscientific as HIV doesn’t spread through water”.