Indian court orders bus company to rehire driver with HIV
MUMBAI (AFP) - An Indian court has ordered a public transport authority to rehire a sacked HIV-positive bus driver in a "landmark" case for those stigmatised for having the virus, the man's lawyer said on Friday.
The 43-year-old, whose name has been withheld, was working in the western city of Pune when he became HIV positive in 2008, leading him to require a less heavy-duty job than driving, his advocate Asim Sarode said.
The man approached his employers at the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) explaining his condition and requesting a different position at the company.
"They said it was not possible, that he was taken into employment as a driver and there was no provision to change his job profile. From that point they started harassing him," Mr Sarode told AFP.