Will withdrawing AFSPA shield deter crimes against women by army personnel?

GN Bureau | January 24, 2013



The committee headed by Justice JS Verma on amending laws relating to crime against women in its report suggested a review of armed forces special power act (AFSPA) for extending legal protection to women in conflict areas. It recommends trial of armed forces personnel guilty of sexual offences under ordinary criminal law and stresses on setting up special commissioners in conflict areas to safeguard women safety and security.

Do you think this will act as an effective deterrent against crimes against women by army personnel in the conflict zones?

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