ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Draconian Statute-Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958

Draconian Statute Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 A G Noorani THE United Front government is planning major amendments to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. Second only to TADA, no other statute has earned opprobrium for India abroad as this one has. But while TADA has been widely censured not many have bothered to bring home to the people the enormity of the wrong this act truly is. An outstanding exception is Nandita Haksar Unlike TADA, the act applies only to areas which the government chooses to nominate as 'disturbed areas'. Currently, they are the god-forsaken states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh, and parts of the north-east. Section 3 empowers the state as well as the central government to declare the whole or any part of the state "to be a disturbed area" if, in the opinion of either, it "is in such a disturbed or dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary".

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