AFSPA to stay in North East India

According to DY365, a local satellite news channel based in Guwahati, Indian government has canceled revoking the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), widely criticised as draconian law all around the world, from some of the North-Eastern states in the wake of the security situation in the north eastern region of the country.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran stated the cancellation of revoking AFSPA in reply to a question in Lok Sabha in the ongoing Parliament session in New Delhi.The members of the House had asked whether the government was considering the withdrawal of the AFSPA from North-Eastern states including Manipur.

According to the minister, in view of the security situation in NE states, this draconian law, contrary to any democratic principles, is necessary that the Act continues to be in force. It may be mentioned quickly that, this law is in force for last five decades in all states in North East India, but insurgency has not decreased a bit.

Irom Sharmila has completed 10 years of hunger strike demanding repealing of AFSPA on 3rd Nov 2010. She has been detained without trial for last 10 years by violating the spirit of Attempted Suicide Law, if not violating the letter of the law.

Though there has been reports of widespread misuse of the law and veteran law makers as well as judges have opined that AFSPA should be repealed and does no go with principles of democracy, but Indian powerful defence organisations have successfully thwarted any attempt to dilute it.

It is sad to see AFSPA in force in selected few areas while it is not in force in some other areas of India which have recently witnessed much more violence than North East India.

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