Soldiers kill civilians for bonuses

Indian soldiers in Kashmir are being investigated by the local police because they may be killing civilians and then claiming that they are Islamic militants.

Human rights activist Parvez Imroz was interviewed in an article by The Guardian where he said that soldiers received bonuses for each kill. He added that,

“There are vested interests that have developed in the conflict. The army have been given these incentives and so they kill non-combatants.”

I have heard many stories of people fiddling figures, cheating processes and changing what they do to get rewards, but I think of all the indcidents of targets and bonuses distorting behaviour this is the most extreme I have ever come across.

It just goes to show that the power of rewards to twist how people act should not be underestimated.



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