‘Adultery, homosexuality not acceptable in Army’
Force is conservative, says Gen. Rawat
Adultery and homosexuality have been decriminalised in the country by the Supreme Court, but the Army is “conservative” and they will not be allowed to “perpetuate into the Army,” Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Thursday.
“It is hard to argue in these times. But the armed forces find huge resonance in the conservative actions of our society. The Army is conservative. We have neither modernised nor Westernise. We can still take action against people. But we will not allow this to perpetuate into the Army. This cannot be allowed to happen. It is a very serious thing,” Gen. Rawat said at the annual press conference ahead of the Army Day on January 15. He said a soldier on the border could not be worried and he had to be “reasonably assured that his family is being cared for.”
Last year, the court decriminalised adultery as well as homosexuality.
It asked the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community to forgive history for their brutal suppression. However, there has been no clarity on how it would affect the Army, which punishes adultery for “stealing the affection of brother officer’s wife” and has a strict ‘no’ policy on homosexuality.
On homosexuality and LGBTs, too, Gen. Rawat said they were not acceptable in the Army and added, “We will still be dealing with them under various Sections of the Army Act.”
Stating that the Army is “certainly are not above the country’s law,” Gen. Rawat said that when one joined the Army, some of the rights and privileges authorised for civilians by the Constitution were not authorised for them [the Army]. “The Supreme Court has said something and we have to see how we take a call. Let us also see how this comes into the society,” he stated.