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Born to die...
...but surely not this way
30/11/2006

India, while demanding a special treatment in the world arena, treats its own men guarding its frontiers (also internally) almost very unfairly. As suicides among the men in uniform are on a rise, coupled with shooting colleagues and seniors out of frustration, questions are being raised on the reasons. The reason clearly is stress. From prolonged posting tenures in violence ridden areas like Kashmir, North East, and in some of the roughest and hostile terrains, fighting for maintaining peace in the country, to long hours of duty, separation from the family for months, fatigue... add to it the limited scope for promotions and pay hikes – stress is just unescapable. On an average, around a hundred cases of suicides are reported every year. The Defence Ministry might still claim that this figure is better when compared to global standards, but isn’t it something shocking enough to be taken care of right now?

And the solution is not far to find. Defense services still do not have a central repository for analysing quasi-medical issues like suicides and killings within. The consequential result is non-transparency and a gross non-acceptance of even the fact that something is horribly wrong? Unless the Ministry of Defense sets up a panel to track such deaths and recommend solutions, soldiers would keep on dying...and not for the country.

By:- B&E
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