The various problems our armed forces create when dealing with civilians are too numerous to be listed here. But the biggest issue undoubtedly comes from scores of heavily armed men being in close proximity to innocents.
The shocking case of a CRPF jawan who shot a national level kabadi player for refusing to give him her mobile number has bought the issue to the forefront this week.
Manisha Kumari was brutally gunned down by trooper Jaswant Singh in Moinul Haq Stadium, Patna where she had come to practise for the upcoming 34th National Games.
The details are crude. The trooper had been stalking her for days. One evening, in a drunken state, he stopped her demanded her mobile number. She refused and he shot her with his AK-47. And just like that a young woman, whose only crime was that she aspired to be a sportsperson, lost her life.
Various sporting bodies in Bihar have demanded that the CRPF camp in the stadium be moved out and some officials have also gotten involved. But considering the security situation in Bihar, moving the military may prove harder than is obvious.
It is easy to get into the various angles of this case; we should be strong enough as a nation to admit that this case was an extremely simple one.
Civilians are meant to be protected by our military, not be murdered by them. That's all there is to it.
Image: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers stands guard in Srinagar on February 11, 2011.