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Is the AFSPA truly a Draconian Law?
The armed forces special act is an act that empowers our Armed forces to arrest without warrant,shoot and enter any premises without any legal liability.A lot of times Afspa is assumed to be the the antonym to democracy and a lot of other times the necessary evil.The forces have the tyrannical power to do whatever they wish to do without any consequences.Many committees like the Jeevan Reddy committee have asked for its repeal, recently the Justice verma committee asked for amendments in it and many international organizations such as UNHRC,Amnesty international have time and again questioned the act.
What the government seems to forget is that this unquestionable authority is given to the forces without any visible responsibility.We forget that people form the forces; people who carry the same kind of prejudices,dishonesty,doubts,valor,integrity and fear that we all carry and that is exactly where the Act fails.Unlimited power in the hands of an individual could corrupt him.We have seen that happening time and again.The repercussions are in front of us the- Kashmir Valley protests, Irom Sharmila a woman whose fast has been going on for twelve years after witnessing injustice of our own countrymen against our own countrymen.
AFSPA is of course necessary, after the September 11 attack The USA brought in the strictest anti terror laws. The US Patriot Act is even more stringent than our AFSPA.The UN security Council have themselves asked member states to ensure legislative reforms to combat terrorism.This act is necessary in areas where the innocent need defense against those armed.A strict stance against the terrorists is what will keep them from taking us as a jape.
We require reforms,a greater sensitization of the personnel and to create trust amongst the personnel and the residents they protect.We need accountability, but not one that limits preventive action.Community participation in the operations of the forces can possibly change the way the personnel look at the civilians.An act cannot remain draconian if we resolve to reform it and make it humane. We require the right kind of opposition and support for this act to achieve what it was supposed to achieve in the first place.