AFSPA to be made more ‘human’ : Report

Accepting long pending demand by various human rights group all around the world as well as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir , Omar Abdullah, the amendments to the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, aimed at making it “more humane”, are likely to be placed soon before the highest government body on security issues, as per recent reports.

Government sources said the proposal for the amendment, which is strongly backed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and several groups in the Northeast, is expected to be placed before the next meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

It may be mentioned that, any changes the in AFSPA has been resisted by Indian Army as well as all other defence forces in the past. Though, this law has been in place for more than 50 years in North East India as well as Jammu and Kashmir, it has failed to curb separatism in these areas.

This is an welcome move by the government of India. Irom Chanu Sharmila has been on hunger strike for last 10 years demanding repeal of this act.

Through the amendment, it is being proposed that arrest warrants are secured in advance and grievance cells set up to address citizens’ complaints against the armed forces, the sources said. By amending clause 4 (a) of the controversial Act, the Government proposes to abolish the power given to the armed forces which allows them to open fire causing death, they said.

Source : Assam Tribune

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