Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), are the acts passed by the parliament, which give special powers to the Indian Army and paramilitary forces in ‘disturbed’ areas of the country. Under AFSPA, security forces can shoot to kill, search houses and even arrest people without any warrant. AFSPA acts have been active in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990.