The perception that the Army is involved in human rights violations in places such as Kashmir is misplaced and its record of punishing erring officers is “impeccable,” Lieutenant General Mukesh Sabharwal, Adjunct General, Ministry of Defence, has said.

Talking to The-Hindu on the sidelines of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Army and Pondicherry Central University here, he said that of the complaints received against army personnel for rights violations, “hardly three to four per cent were credible.”

If an officer was found to be involved in any misdeed, the Army meted out punishment swiftly.

“Justice is delivered much quicker in the Army than in other systems in the country.”

Mr. Sabharwal also pointed out that the chorus for revoking the Armed Forces Special Provisions Act (AFSPA) in Kashmir “is not right.” The young officers who fight infiltration need the backing of the special provisions.

“Justice is delivered much quicker in the Army than in other systems”

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