The editorial dated 19th Oct on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that was extended in Kashmir in July 1990, stands testimony to the fact that unhindered power leads to misuse and exploitation.
The abominable instances of civilians being dragged to torture centres to face electrocution, beating and sexual humiliation cry out the necessity of amending the act. However in the past in the year 2005, the Justice Jeevan ready committee was formed post outcry at Manipur following the death of T. Manorama. Despite the recommendations of Jeevan Ready committee, the government did not take any action post which , the then defense minister Pranab Mukherjee rejected the plea on the pretext of ‘ impossibility of ground forces to function in disturbed areas without such powers’
The question is are we truly citizens of a democratic country.?Share