A State must protect the lives and rights of its citizens. However, at times its own actions are a source of violence against some of its citizens. Comment with the help of some examples
It is true that at times government’s own actions are a source of violence against some of its citizens.
The Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura has been a source of violence against the citizens of these states.
The Act has resulted in large-scale violation of the rights of citizens under Articles 14, 19, 21, 22, and 25 of the Constitution.
The Act allows any officer of armed forces to arrest or shoot the person, use of force and to search any premise on the basis of suspicion.
The act also bestows legal immunity to the officials protecting them from prosecution.
Another example of state violence on civilians is related to land acquisition.
In the name of development, the state forcefully encroached upon the land of people in Nandigram and Singur in 2007.
When the civilians protested they had to face brutalities of police.