It was the onset of autumn in and for Major General A K Lal, the weather in Leh was just perfect for a good yoga session. But that monarch fell from grace almost as soon as he completed the yoga session, for asking his junior woman officer to assist him with his fitness regime. For acts that he committed during that yoga session, which according to the lady officer were sexual in nature, he was court-martialed the same year after a court of inquiry found him culpable of acts unbecoming of an officer. They claimed that there were negative internal reports about her conduct in the army, prior to her making the sexual harassment allegation. With that ended an illustrious career that was so promising that Lal, who was a National Defence College graduate, would have definitely gone on to be promoted as a Lieutenant General at least, getting to command a Corps. But that was not to be and the charge of molesting a woman officer was his undoing. The latest such sex crime allegations to hit the Indian armed forces are the claims by the wife of a Navy marine commando, a year-old lieutenant, that her husband had an extra-marital affair with the wife of his senior officer. An IIT graduate who is currently preparing for the civil services examination, the woman also alleged that her husband forced her to have sex with his fellow officers. The Navy, on its part, denied the allegations of the woman, claiming she and her husband had a marital discord and the other senior officers and their spouses had only intervened to help reconcile, with the existing societal support system in the naval base. However, a fortnight ago, the Navy began an in-depth probe into her allegations and asked her to depose before a board that is inquiring the matter.
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PIP: A large majority of the world's soldiers are young, away from home, of low rank, and of low educational level. Many consume large quantities of alcohol and other drugs to cope. This combination of factors leads many soldiers to have sex with prostitutes and other casual partners, placing them at high risk of contracting and transmitting STDs. The authors reviewed the records of STD cases treated in the Indian armed forces during the period to find that there was a decline in STDs in the Indian Army from 5. There was, however, an increase in the incidence of STD during war in the Indian Army, albeit marginal compared to global figures. Chancroid was the most common STD, affecting most commonly soldiers aged years. Prostitutes remained the most common source of infection. The rapid expansion of armed forces which results in relaxed recruiting standards, individual separation from sources of moral influence, the lack of disciplinary and moral control by superiors, the uncertainty of survival, emotional strains, illiteracy, and the lack of adequate recreational facilities support the increased incidence of STD during war. Reasons for the comparatively low incidence of STD among Indian soldiers include good management and discipline, religious faith, social customs, fear of social stigmatization upon contracting STD, close surveillance by military police of soldiers' movements, limited alcohol and drug consumption, patriotic motivation to be as physically and mentally strong as possible for combat, regular medical check-ups, and racial factors.
The officer said that the individual is free to approach the court after being charged under section 45 of Army Act. New Delhi : Indian Army, which is strongly opposed to homosexuality and adultery in its rank and file is in a legal conundrum after both these offences have been decriminalised by the Supreme Court. Under section 45, any officer, junior commissioned officer or warrant officer, who behaves in a manner unbecoming his position and the character expected of him shall, on conviction by court-martial, if he is an officer, be liable to be cashiered or to suffer such less punishment as is in the act. Recently, one senior Army officer of rank of Major General has been dismissed from service due to moral turpitude. Since June , more than 6 officers have been dismissed from services due to moral turpitude. Realme C3 review: Premium performance, mind-blowing price! ColorOS 7 review: Slick, smooth and everything in between! Menu e-Paper Age on Sunday.
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