Against the backdrop of opposition to keep armed forces personnel under AFSPA Act out of ambit of the ordinance for protection of women, Defence Minister A K Antony today said the government will take "ruthless" actions against such people, including armed forces personnel.
"Our government is serious and concerned about the security of women. We will take strongest action against people who create problems for women. The ordinance is coming to Parliament. After it, we will be able to take strong against such people ruthlessly. That applies to armed forces also," he said at a press conference here.
The Minister was asked to comment on the opposition by women activists over armed forces personnel covered by AFSPA to be kept out of the ordinance's purview.
He said the armed forces have been issued directives that there would be "zero tolerance" policy by the Defence Ministry towards crimes against women.
I assure you that we have given directives to armed forces that regarding crime against women, our policy would be of zero tolerance. We will take strong, speedy and convincing actions", Antony said.
The ordinance has been brought by the government against the backdrop of the December 16 gangrape incident in the national capital.
On the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, he sought to link the importance of the Act with the regional and global security situation and said no hasty decision could be taken on that.
"Earlier, your colleagues had asked about the situation in neighborhood. Considering that, we have to be very serious. We cannot take a hasty decision on that", the Defence Minister said.
Nice to hear something positive from the Defense Minister. It’s high time these politicos stop revering the army men, censure them and prosecute the rapists and other criminals in army.
However, all these assurances are futile unless AFSPA is scrapped. Removal of AFSPA is critical in taming the defense personnels.
Mr. Defence Minister,
What about fake encounters? Why are the families of Pathribal fake encounter victims asked to depose again at a place 300km from their homes?