No defence-person punished despite 93 charges of human rights violation: Gov

The government has not taken any disciplinary action against any defence personnel against whom complaints have been received in the last two years, according to numbers laid in the Rajya Sabha.

Asked by member P Rajeeve to give the number of persons in the army, navy, air force or other wings against whom disciplinary actions have been taken, the government gave the answer as zero for the years 2010 to 2012.

A total 93 persons have been accused to committing human rights violations during the three years.

In 2009, however, the government took action against 5 members of the defence forces for violating human rights, against 79 accusations made in the year.

In total, 172 complaints were received in connection with human rights violation by the defence forces of India since 2009, defence minister AK Antony said.

India has hundreds of thousands of army-men keeping peace and hunting terrorists in states like Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur etc..

Army-men are often accused of violating the human rights of local people, including some cases of rape and molestation.

The numbers are likely to add fuel to the fire over allegations that India turns a blind eye to allegations of human rights violations in its border states.

However, the numbers also reveal that the allegations have been climbing down drastically.

For example, they fell from 79 in 2009 to 57 in 2010 and 33 last year. In the first two-and-a-half months of this year, only 3 complaints have been registered. It is not known whether the procedure for the registration of such complaints has been changed in these years.