A division bench of the Gujarat high court on Thursday issued notices to the Union government and state government in connection with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to promote alternative medical cure system like Ayurveda, Naturopathy and other therapies to treat HIV in India. The PIL has been filed by a former professor Babulal Thakkar by appearing Party-in-Person.
Thakkar contended in his petition that the government’s department for health and family welfare, department of AIDS control, National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and department of health research calls HIV AIDS a non-curable disease.
At the same time, the government’s own department of ayurveda, yoga & naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy (AYUSH) has been promoting these alternative medicines. Thakkar also cited Mahatma Gandhi’s book, Nature Cure, which mentions that naturopathy had the potential to cure any disease.
The petitioner further said that all diseases arise due to accumulation of morbid matter in the body and if there is scope for its removal, it provides cure or relief as human body possesses inherent powers related to self constructing and self healing.
According to Thakkar, government of India is educating people that an HIV+ person will suffer from AIDS and there is no cure for it.
“Due to this HIV+ people face social stigma and commit suicides, either singly or with family. However, governments are not spreading the message that AIDS can be cured through Indian therapies like Ayush, which is also recognized by the government,” Thakkar says in the petition.
Thakkar therefore pleaded before the honourable court that it should direct the governments to spread awareness and advertise that HIV is curable through Ayush.
Meanwhile, the court asked the state and central government to file a reply regarding implementation of the PCR test to determine HIV infection. Thakkar had earlier filed petition to implement PCR test system rather than conventional determination system to diagnose HIV AIDS.