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Government of Assam declares the entire State of Assam as "Disturbed Area"

  • Published
    16th Sep, 2021

GS-II: Polity & Governance

  • Government Policies and Interventions
Context

The Government of Assam in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 has recently declared the entire State of Assam as "Disturbed Area" up to six months without mentioning any reason for its extension.

Prelims question:

With reference to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, consider the following statements:

  1. It gives powers to the armed forces to arrest a person without a warrant.
  2. The power to declare an area as ‘disturbed area’ vests only with the Central Government.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are incorrect?

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  • B.
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  • D.

Mains Question:

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act has been blamed numerous times for cases of human rights violations in disturbed areas. In this regard, critically examine the need for such laws in a democratic country like India.   (150 Words)

Approach:

  • In introduction give a brief overview of AFSPA and in which areas it is applicable currently
  • Discuss the provisions of AFSPA, like immunity to armed personnel, etc. and highlight allegations of human rights violations due to such provisions
  • Elaborate on the need for AFSPA in disturbed regions
  • Way Forward / Conclusion

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