No ‘Shaheed’ or ‘Martyr’ in our terminology, says Government in reply to RTI

There is no term as “martyr” or “shaheed” in the Army or the police and instead a soldier or a policeman killed in action is called a “battle casualty” or “operations casualty” respectively, the ministries of defence and home have submitted before the Central Information Commission.

The issue surfaced after an RTI applicant approached the Union home ministry seeking to know the meaning and detailed definition of word “shaheed” (martyr) according to the law and the Constitution.

The applicant also asked about the legal provisions to ensure restriction on its misuse and punishment for violation.

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