Death of a jawan | The Indian Express

Written by Rahul Tripathi | Published: May 6, 2018 2:47:57 am

Last month, the Home Ministry told a parliamentary panel that nearly 700 personnel of paramilitary forces had committed suicide in the last six years, a figure surpassing those killed in action. The Sunday Express on what is pushing these men, posted in some of the toughest terrains and combat zones, with almost no peace postings, to the edge (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi/Archives)

More than 2,800 studio apartment-like facilities, each with bedrooms, kitchen and TV, where newly-wed Border Security Force (BSF) jawans can spend a couple of weeks with their spouses. As it struggles to contain the suicide rate in the ranks of Central paramilitary forces, the government hopes to have found one solution in these “guesthouses” at the border.

Last month, officials of the Union Home Ministry, led by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, told Parliament’s Committee on Estimates that nearly 700 personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), posted in some of the toughest terrains and combat zones across the country, had committed suicide in the last six years — a figure surpassing those killed in action.

The ministry had data since 2001 for the BSF, 2012 for the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), 2006 for the ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border…

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