Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act

This explainer discusses how the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) grants certain ‘special powers’ to the members of the armed forces in disturbed areas. This law extends to the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir has a separate AFSPA enacted in 1990 which is similar to the AFSPA, except for a few provisions.


Does AFSPA apply to all the North-Eastern states of India?

What is an Armed Forces Tribunal?

Is there AFSPA law in whole of Jammu and Kashmir?

Why is AFSPA a controversial law?

Can I get bail, if I am arrested under AFSPA by the army and sent to the Police Station?

Can women be booked under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act?

I am a tourist and I want to go to Kashmir. Should I be worried about the AFSPA?

Can AFSPA law be revoked from an area?

Is AFSPA applied only in areas inflicted with terrorist activities?

What is the role of the state government in implementing AFSPA in the State?

Can a case be filed against the army personnels in a Court?