Kerala Politician Says, ‘Army Free to Rape Women’

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Kannur: Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has courted a controversy saying that, “Army can take any woman and rape her, nobody has the right to question them. This is the state wherever the army is.”

“They (army) can do anything to anybody. If they see more than four people standing together, they can shoot them…They can take any woman and rape her, nobody has the right to question them. This is the state wherever the army is,” Balakrishnan said on Thursday, according to ANI.

He further said that if the army is deployed in Kannur, clashes are bound to take place between the people and the army.

The remarks by the Kerala leader came a day after Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that armed forces have been given a free-hand to take decision in Kashmir where according to the minister situation was war-like.

He added that during the tense situation, the armed forces are not bound to wait to consult the members of Parliament and can do as they deem fit to counter terrorist forces.
“When the Army is given extreme powers, the Army can do anything to anybody,” added the politician.

Balakrishnan comments on the Indian Army coincide at a time when the nation is debating the incident from J&K where Indian Army Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi is been investigated for allegedly tying a Kashmiri protester to his jeep’s bonnet last month.

A 16-video came to light showing an army jeep carrying a Kashmiri tied in front of the jeep as the army convoy passed through Gundipora village of Beerwah in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Army later conferred Major Gogoi with Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card for his contribution to counter-insurgency operations in J&K. Agencies

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