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MNF attributes high rate of HIV+ in Mizoram to liquor

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MNF attributes high rate of HIV+ in Mizoram to liquor

Aizawl: Main opposition party the Mizo National Front (MNF) alleged that the high incident rate of HIV positive in Mizoram was due to opening of wine shop.

MNF youth wing president and MLA Lalrinawma alleged that immoral sexual contact increased due to growing consumption of liquor among the youths, which was encouraged by opening of liquor shops by Congress government. He was addressing a street campaign at Tennis court here on Saturday, a statement issued by MNF said on Sunday.

Quoting the report of a study group constituted by the state government to study and review the impact of Mizoram Liquor Prohibition and Control (MLPC) Act, 2014, which allowed opening of wine shop, Lalrinawma said commercial sex workers were the one, most profited from liquor shops.

“This very fact has manifested that the incident rate of HIV positive in Mizoram is high due to consumption of liquor,” he alleged.

Mizoram has currently the highest HIV positive incident rate in the country.

According to officials of Mizoram State Aids Control Society (MSACS), almost 70 per cent of people living with HIV positive contacted the virus through sexual contact.

MNF legislator from Aizawl West-II Lalruatkima said that about 1,100 youth died every year and majority of them died due to consumption of liquor.

He alleged that many women became widow and children were left parentless due opening of wine shop by the Congress government.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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