AState must protect the lives and rights of its citizens. However, attimes its own actions are a source of violence against some of itscitizens. Comment with the help of some examples

Itis true that at times government’s own actions are a source ofviolence 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.

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