Judicial Commission appointed by the Supreme Court highlights the misuse of AFSPA
A Judicial Commission appointed by Supreme Court has noted the misuse of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA as the armed forces were indulging in gross violation of human rights by operating under the shield of the controversial law.
The Commission was formed by the apex court to investigate alleged cases of extra judicial killings in Manipur. In September 2012, the Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM)) along with Human Rights Alert (HRA) submitted a list of 1,528 cases of killings in Manipur since 1979 before the Supreme Court and demanded investigation into the deaths.
What were the findings of the Judicial Commission appointed by the Supreme Court on cases of extra judicial killings in Manipur?
The Commission stated that the six sample cases of encounters it investigated were not genuine and that maximum force was used to kill people. It held that the reason for the outcome was the fact that the Act gives comprehensive powers to security forces even to extend of killing a suspect with protection against prosecution, it does not provide any protection to the citizens against its possible misuse.