Indian defence minister boasts off cutting heads of Pakistani soldiers at LoC
NEW DELHI - Indian TV channel broadcast the programme *Aap ki Adalat*, in conversation with the Indian defence minister, reported Indian media outlet *The Wire. link*
The anchor and India TV head Rajat Sharma wondered if the government was taking steps to “straighten out Pakistan”.
“During the election campaign, you people had said that if they cut two heads, we will cut ten heads. But ten heads are not really being cut now,” said Sharma. The studio audience clapped.
After the ovation subsided, Sitharaman replied, “No. I can only say this…we are also cutting heads, but are not displaying them.”
As the audience erupts in applause, the anchor said, “Okay. I respect your limits.”
It is clear from the context of her answer that Sitharaman was referring to the cutting of heads of Pakistani soldiers killed by the Indian army in combat.
This is the first time ever that an Indian government official has publicly said that Indian army has “cut off” the heads of Pakistani soldiers during operations at the Line of Control (LOC).
The public declaration is unusual, as such action is a direct violation of the Geneva Convention and customary norms of international law on armed conflict.
While there is evidence that such actions have taken place, their illegality is the reason the government has always maintained strict silence over them.