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Mangalore: Well-known HIV/AIDS Activist Veenadhari is No More

Mangalore: Well-known HIV/AIDS Activist Veenadhari is No More

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (VM)

Mangalore, Nov 2: Well-known social worker and an ardent activist for the rights of HIV infected, Veenadhari passed away on Friday evening in Bangalore.

After a brief term of illness, the Mangalorean former school teacher, a HIV +ve herself, breathed her last in Manipal Hospital, Bangalore.

Veenadhari, who followed and advocated the ayurveda and naturopathy approach to living with HIV/AIDS, was in news when she led a mega drive against the ‘stigmatizing of persons with HIV’ using the red ribbon symbol.

By dedicating her life to the cause of persons with HIV and fighting a daily battle against a society which ostracizes HIV-infected, Veenadhari’s great achievement was the Karavali Positive Women’s and Children’s Network.

Having voiced the concerns of persons with HIV/AIDS at thousands of forums and in national and international seminars, Veenadhari who hailing from a rich family, led a simple life by choice.  A full time social worker, Veenadhari was instrumental in identifying women who are infected with HIV and providing them help. 

Veenadhari broke up with her husband who unknowingly had passed on the HIV virus to her. When her husband's health deteriorated and he was diagnosed as HIV +ve, it was a deadly blow to Veenadhari. She soon found out that she too had contracted the disease. 

The medical fraternity and sections of the government machinery was unhappy with her campaign against the commercialization of the Anti-Retroviral Drug.

"I am HIV +ve, does that make me a lesser human being?" questioned Veenadhari as people pointed fingers at her when she boldly revealed her HIV status.

During her life time, she worked day-and-night offering emotional and psychological support to thousands of persons infected with HIV.

Crossing all boundaries of social secrecy and stigma, Veenadhari with the infrastructure and support from Valored, a social service organization, was responsible for forming numerous groups of medical practioners, advocates, social workers and journalists working for the rights of persons with HIV/AIDS.

A great loss to the society and to the HIV/AIDS awareness movement, Veenadhari’s death has shocked al those who have interacted and known her work.

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  • D. Satheesh, Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 8 2011

    I am very sad to hear this. May her soul rest in peace. Her life is truely inspirational to the people with HIV positive. She lived life with great courage and spirit. I thank her bcoz she tried her best in guiding HIV positive people to live life as normally as others. She had done good job.

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  • Abinaya, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 10 2008

    It was reallly courageous for an ordinary school-teacher to cross leaps and bounds in her service to the HIV patients.Not everybody could get the guts to do it.The Mangaloreans must be proud to have had her.Yes,may her soul rest in peace and let her work not be forgotten but continued at a higher pace.

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  • Mohammed Shafi, Kandlur Karnatak

    Mon, Nov 5 2007

    We lost one of the rare and respectful social worker

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  • Harsha Rao, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 5 2007

    Unlike other media-savy personalities she was not a hypocrite. She called a spade, a spade. Her wants were simple and remained true to self even in private. That's a remarkable virtue.

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  • T.S.Thomas, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 3 2007

    Death is inevitable for any one. But for Veenadhari, she will live in the minds of people always. Such was her courage, her dedication, confidence, and service to the society. She lived each moment positively and taught the world that HIV positive people also can lead a dignified life till the end. She was a great soul, 100 percent positive in life.

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  • Alfreed J. Rebello, Kundapur/Dubai

    Sat, Nov 3 2007

    I salute Veenadhari for her courageuosness. Her revealing the truth of life is more bold, that, one has sickness or not has to say goodbye one day. My sincere sympathies to her family members.

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  • Wilfred, London

    Sat, Nov 3 2007

    Deepest condolence.  May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Rosy Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 3 2007

    Hats off to the fighter and leader. She fought for a good cause when she herself was in crisis. May her name be a inspiration to many to do good. May her soul rest in peace.

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