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Are our Security personnel a threat to themselves?

300 suicides and 110 incidents of assault were recorded in the past four years, most of which were attributed to work-related stress

New Delhi: With over 300 suicides among the men in uniform in the past four years, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has decided to conduct psycho-analytical tests for its personnel.

Stress-related incidents such as suicides and attacks on seniors and colleagues, have gone up in the recent past, forcing the Army and other paramilitary forces to devise various solutions.The CISF, which is in charge of VIP security and guards vital installations in the country, has decided to take the lead as it does not want to ‘take any chances’, CISF Director General S I S Ahmed said.

“We are already conducting psychological analysis of our personnel deployed in high-risk areas and in charge of VIP security. We gradually intend to subject all our men to such tests,” he said.

According to official data, more than 300 uniformed personnel committed suicide in the last four years, and most deaths were attributed to reasons ranging from stress to fatigue; More than 110 incidents of assault and affray were reported in the same period.

The CISF realised that there can be ‘individual aberrations’ among its men, which can give rise to unwarranted situations, though the overall morale of the force was ‘satisfactory’.

“We have roped in psychologists, who will conduct a series of tests to ascertain the level of stress, and to find out whether they have suicidal tendencies or a violent streak,” said Ahmed.

The main reasons for stress are believed to be long duty hours, and separation from family. Ahmed said that the CISF was taking steps for encouraging interaction between senior and junior formations. “The force commanders need to be in constant touch with personnel to finding out what is going on with them.
We need to make sure that our men are in fine shape, and that their reflexes are sharp because they are deployed in areas and conditions where you get only split-seconds to react.”