On Wednesday, the Defence Ministry informed the Lok Sabha regarding the 17 cases of alleged human rights violation by armed force personnel which came up in three years between 2015 and 2017. Though 12 of them have been proved to be wrong and rest of the five are still under investigation. Moreover, two more cases of alleged Human Rights violation have been filed in 2018.
The Minister stated that there is total zero tolerance for the human rights violations and all other allegations are being investigated thoroughly and swiftly, and strict actions are taken against the ones found guilty. He further said that training is being provided at various levels on Human Rights issues on a regular basis to the armed force personnel.
Mr. Bhamre added that human rights training is an important part of the Pre-Induction Training of the troops in the Corps Battle Schools before they are sent for counterinsurgency or counterterrorism operations. The human rights aspects are also enshrined in the Chief of Army Staff commandments which are introduced to all the troops before they conduct any operation.
On the question raised regarding the matter of Jammu and Kashmir regarding the implementation of the norms, the Minister replied that those instructions are introduced as a list of dos and don’ts for the conduct of operations.
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