In a major embarrassment for the Indian Army, a fight between the wives of two Indian Army officers has reached Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office (PMO) which has now sought a report from the Army headquarters. The incident happened at an event organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) at the Bathinda Military station.
According to an India Today report, the Bathinda Military station recently witnessed ugly scenes when wives of two senior officers were involved in a scuffle. It is alleged that the Commanding Officer’s wife publicly scolded, abused, threatened and beat up wife of a Lieutenant Colonel during the event.
The incident was witnessed by several army officers and jawans. Top officials did everything to brush the incident under the carpet but the officer whose wife was abused went ahead and took to the issue to the PMO.
The matter has also been reported to the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Women, CBI, and DGP Punjab Police.
“The victim is likely to be harassed and curbed from seeking justice by the unconstitutional AWWA and its supporting organisation,” reads the official complaint, according to the India Today report.
What is AWWA?
AWWA works for the welfare of the spouses, children and dependents of the Army personnel. It aims at the holistic development and well-being of Army Wives including their children and rehabilitation of war widows and differently-abled children.
As the wives of the Army officers do not come under the Army Act, Army authorities cannot take action against the culprit despite the fact that the incident was witnessed by several senior Army officers and jawans.
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AWWA is a non-government organistation (NGO) headed by the Army chief’s wife and it is mandatory for the wife of every serving Army officer and jawan to be a member and take part in the activities of the Association.
In 2014, the wife of an Army Major posted in Faridkot complained to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Command for being allegedly forced to take part in rehearsals for a fashion show by the Brigade Commander of her husband.