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Source: The post is based on the article “Killer On The Train: Why was a railway cop his bosses say was suffering mental health issues, put on armed duty? RPF committee must answer” published in “Times of India” on 2nd August 2023.
Syllabus: GS3- Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
News: An RPF jawan assigned to the train shot dead his superior and three others with his assault rifle. The RPF claims the jawan had mental health issues.
What are the reasons for jawans having mental health issues?
The Central Armed Police Forces have reported instances of fratricide linked to personal issues.
The job within such forces is acknowledged as stressful.
What are the implications of having jawans on duty with mental issues?
Implications of Having Jawans with Mental Issues on Duty:
Increased Violence Risk: An RPF jawan with mental concerns killed four aboard the Jaipur-Mumbai Express.
Threat to Passengers: The jawan targeted specific community members, causing panic.
Potential Fratricide: GOI stated personal issues often lead to such incidents in Armed Forces.
Public Trust Erosion: Incidents like these can diminish faith in security forces.
What should be done to address this?
Regular Health Checks: Mandatory mental health evaluations for all personnel.
Training Programs: Sensitize forces about mental health issues and their impacts.
Immediate Off-Duty: Temporarily relieve those identified with severe issues.
Support Systems: Establish counseling and therapy facilities.
Review Protocols: Consider private security options in light of the 2015 suggestions of a railway reform commission chaired by Bibek Debroy.