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Jakarta Post

Injustices shadow World AIDS Day

  • Hans David Tampubolon and Willy Wilson

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 2 2011   /  07:28 am

The commemoration of World AIDS Day on Thursday might have been the worst day of Fajar Jasmin’s life.

It was the day that Fajar, a Jakarta resident living with HIV, received a text message informing him that his daughter had been denied entrance to Don Bosco elementary school in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, because her father was HIV positive.

“We received the SMS today at about 1 p.m.,” Fajar’s wife, Leonnie F Merinsca, told The Jakarta Post.

Fajar said the school had initially accepted Immi. “We received the school’s written statement.”

“We met with the school’s representatives to discuss about school donations and fees, during which I revealed to them that I was HIV positive. I did that because I did not want the school to discriminate against my daughter should my condition ever be found out. I did not demand any privileges for her, I ju...