One Billion Rising: The inimitable spirit of Asha Kumbharkar

February 11; Vanpuri, Maharashtra
Community Correspondent Rohini Pawar reports on the life of Asha Kumbharkar; a woman who is battling the chronic ailment of HIV while still earning livelihood for her kids. “Whenever I see a woman who is losing hope after a severe diagnosis, I show her my own report and tell her that she can also look after her kids like I did,” says Asha, who herself had suicidal thoughts. Asha’s story isn’t unique, especially in rural India, where medical negligence often results in loss of life. Her reaction, though, is both rare and commendable. 
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