Special Correspondent

MUMBAI: A committee of legislators has proposed that testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) be made compulsory before marriage, and recommended that Maharashtra pass the required law.

This was decided at a high-level meeting on Wednesday, presided over by Public Health Minister Vimal Mundada. She said such a move would create awareness and also control the spread of HIV.

Dr. Mundada said the government would go to the people with the proposal. No one would be victimised as a result of the compulsory testing. The committee, formed during the previous Assembly session, expressed the view that the State should take the lead in this matter.