‘Review AFSPA to punish sexual offenders’
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The Justice J S Verma committee has asked the government to immediately review the provisions of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
"There is an imminent need to review continuance of AFSPA and AFSPA-like legal protocols in internal conflict areas as soon as possible. This is necessary to determine the propriety of resorting to this legislation in the area(s) concerned," said the panel's report.
Welcoming this, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "Glad to see he has recommended amending AFSPA to ensure sexual crimes are punished without special sanction. Hope this is implemented."
The panel also proposed amendment to Section 6 of the AFSPA that protects persons acting under it from prosecution.
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