The Indian Army has proven to be an epitome of sacrifice and morality for decades. Even though it has confronted twisted challenges in Kashmir, it has never drifted away from its morals, barring the odd occasion which can happen with any organisation.
Even though it has maintained high standards of conduct, it has been at the receiving end of many allegations of human rights violations. The topic of morality of the Indian Army has again come to the forefront after the recent episode of Major Gogoi tying up a stone-pelter to the front of his jeep. He was later awarded a COAS commendation card by General Bipin Rawat.
No matter what the accusations, the Indian Army has an impeccable human rights record. Since 1994, 1736 allegations of human rights violations have been filed against the Army. But, only 66 of these have proven to be true, which is less than 4% of the number of allegations.
Morality is not just about conducting oneself in an ethical fashion, but it’s also about owning up to one’s mistakes and punishing those who’re guilty. The Indian Army has done just that. In the 66 cases where human rights violations were found to be true, 150 personnel have been punished and compensation has been awarded in 49 cases.
The allegations have arisen primarily because of the counter-insurgency operations in J&K and the North-East. A senior officer stressed that the Indian Army’s human rights record ‘is one of the best in the world, which is appreciated globally’.
There has definitely been as effort to malign the Indian Army which is evident in the fact that more than 96% of the allegations are completely false. But the Indian Army doesn’t just follow sound morals when dealing with elements within the country, but even when fighting its worst adversary – Pakistan.
After wars with Pakistan, the Indian Army has given proper burials to Pakistani soldiers according to their customs. A force that responds in this manner to constant betrayals and beheadings of its soldiers, can never be immoral. It is high time that this is understood by critics of this pious, selfless organisation.