Guwahati, Jun 17 : Woman activist and secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), KavitaKrishnan, on Saturday said here that the government should repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, since many women have been raped, tortured and humiliated by the armed forces personnel and have not been brought to books.
Kavita, who played a key role in the protest against the Delhi gang rape case, said she will now lend her voice against atrocities and violence on women in the northeast.
She said, "According to National Crime Branch report, incidences of rape in the country have been increasing rapidly. The scenario in the Northeast is also the same. Here, many girls, women and children are raped by armed personnel but due to prevalence of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), the culprits are not punished."
She said that martial rape is also very common nowadays.
"Still the reporting rate of rape is very less. Unless and until an FIR is lodged, the records are not available with the crime branch," she added.