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PAKISTAN: Traditional marriages ignore HIV/AIDS threat

December 06, 2007 | IRIN new window

KARACHI, 6 December 2007 (IRIN) - Bound by 'watta satta', a cultural tradition of exchanged marriage between two families, Nuzhat (not her real name), 22, cannot disclose her HIV status.

"I know well what will happen - I'll be thrown out of my husband's home and my own family will never accept me either. It will also mean my brother's home will be ruined. His wife is my husband's sister and she, too, will be sent packing. In any case, where will I go?" she asked in Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh Province in southeastern Pakistan...

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