New Delhi, January 08, 2021 (PPI-OT): A leading Indian military think tank has disclosed that every year, the Indian Army loses its personnel to suicides, fratricides and untoward incidents and in the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in the stress levels of the troops. The think tank, United Services Institution (USI), in its findings says, “At present, more than half of the Army seems to be under severe stress this is due to operational and non-operational reasons.”
The USI is compiling a book from the outcome of a seminar “Prevailing Stress Levels in Indian Army due to Prolonged Exposure to Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Environment”, which it had organised in October 2020. Excerpts of the seminar have been put up on the website of the think tank under ‘strategic perspectives’ for the period October-December 2020.
Among the JCOs and soldiers, the study identifies reasons, including delay and denial of leave, excessive engagements, domestic problems, humiliation by seniors, lack of dignity, unreasonable restrictions on the use of mobiles, lack of recreational facilities, conflict with seniors as well as subordinates, health problems, inadequacy of train reservation, inefficient administrative support, financial problems, lack of transparency in promotions, delay in crediting of financial claims and poor quality of rations.
It is worth mentioning here that 486 Indian troops and police personnel have committed suicide in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir since January 2007. Hundreds of others have lost their lives in the incidents of fratricide in the occupied territory.
Experts and analysts say that the level of frustration is very high among the Indian soldiers due to posting for longer period in IIOJK away from family, denial of leaves and insulting behaviour of officers. They maintain that the guilt of killing, arresting, torturing and committing other atrocities on innocent Kashmiris without any reason also leaves deep impacts on the psychology of the Indian forces’ personnel. They further add that the heightened frustration is resulting in the increasing incidents of suicides and fratricide among Indian soldiers in the occupied territory.
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