Ostracized by villagers, 5 children forced to live in graveyard after parents die of AIDS

PRATAPGARH: In a shocking incident, five children of a family were ostracized by their village community and forced to live in a graveyard here following the death of their parents from AIDS.

The children, youngest one being just seven years old, are living under a tent put up by them near the graves of their parents and survive on food given by some villagers.

"Relatives abandoned us as they feared that they would contract AIDS from us," a sibling told NDTV.

"We had nowhere to go, so we are living in the graveyard," the oldest child, who is 17, said.

Following reports in the media, the local administration swung into action and has reportedly allotted a house to the troubled children under the Indira Awas Yojana. A government official said that they would soon be given a BPL (below poverty line) card too.