Essay

The Army above the law

Print edition : April 13, 2018

A stone-throwing protest in Srinagar on February 17 against the Supreme Court's decision to stay the FIR against Army personnel in the Shopian firing case. Photo: S. IRFAN/PTI

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Photo: KAMAL NARANG

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh, who filed a petition asking that no criminal action should be taken against his son, Major Aditya Kumar, in the Shopian firing case. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Jalil Andrabi, who was killed by a major.

Farooq Ahmed Dar, a shawl weaver who was strapped to a patrolling Indian Army jeep as a human shield against stone-throwing protesters. Photo: DAR YASIN/AP

It is not only wrong but dangerously subversive of the rule of law and democracy itself to put a soldier on a pedestal above the “ordinary” citizen.
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