The rights of terrorists are not more sacrosanct than the men fighting them
Apr 22 2017, 0009
In the light of the current goings on, there are relevant questions to ask. Do our army jawans enjoy basic rights while on duty in the Kashmir valley? Why are our so-called liberal intellectuals silent on human rights violation when unruly mobs provoked by forces from across the border, kick, jeer and humiliate jawans? Should civil liberties and human rights activists not come out into open and campaign against terrorists and stone throwing youth that target jawans from the Indian Army, CRPF, Border Security Force and other central police forces?
Let alone talking about the violation of jawans' rights, these liberals have been spewing venom, mouthing invectives against the jawans in TV debates and openly expressing their solidarity with the valley’s militants and extremist youth. Three video shots of April 9 recorded at Budgam have gone viral on social networking sites. The first video shows a jawan being whacked by an unruly youth. In the second video, a youth is seen hitting another jawan’s helmet while in the third instance, a group of youth keeps yelling at security personnel in battle fatigues. These incidents are not solitary and several instances of humiliation heaped on security forces have been reported, especially during poll duty for the Srinagar parliamentary by- poll that was held recently. There is no good reason for our jawans to tolerate this humiliation. Surely, their human rights are not in any way inferior to gun wielding and mortar-operating terrorists. At times when the security personnel lose their cool and chase these malcontents away, civil liberty activists stage dharnas, protests and concocted marches in support of subversives. These self-proclaimed intellectuals not just condemn the jawans and think nothing of hurling the choicest of abuses at India’s security forces.
Humiliation and taunts apart, in several scary instances, these misguided youth are known to have invaded the homes of local jawans, particularly from J&K, threatening their womenfolk and children with dire consequences. Why should the ordinary jawan, mostly from rural background, suffer such abject humiliation? It is no laughing matter that these busybodies ask for cases to be registered against jawans doing their duty on the border, securing the country from terrorists and their masters. It makes no sense for the J&K police to register cases against BSF jawans charging them of killing some terrorist sympathiser or the other. What is the message that the Mehbooba Mufti government is trying to send across? Surely, BSF jawans are legitimately supposed to resort to firing to defend themselves against unruly mobs. At a time when jawans have been fighting with their backs to the wall, it seems out of place for three-time chief minister Farooq Abdullah to demand withdrawal of forces from the valley. It is ironical that the jawans are risking their lives to protect, nourish and embellish these very politicians.