Jogidas said officers began to harass him when he refused to work as a sahayak . (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)
Sindhav Jogidas says he was forced to work as a 'sahayak' as punishment for returning late from leave
Another soldier has raised his voice against the Indian Army's sahayak (orderly) system in a video post.
The soldier, Sindhav Jogidas, said he was forced to work as an orderly as punishment for returning late from leave.
The soldier told CNN News18 that officers started harassing him after he refused to do the sahayak job and that he was kept in Army custody for 7 days.
Jogidas then approached the Prime Minister's Office and the Defence Ministry, but said he got no response from them.
Instead, a Court of Inquiry (COI) was ordered against him for writing to the PMO.
"I was punished for raising complaints. Army is the only service where combatants were forced to serve officers," he sad in the video.
The soldier also alleged that he posted his complaint on the WhatsApp helpline number given by the army for grievance redressals, but that he did not get any reply.
On January 27 this year, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat launched a WhatsApp helpline for soldiers to post their grievances on.
A soldier who had criticised the Indian Army was found dead on March 2.
Roy Matthew had in January this year featured in a news sting video in which he had criticised the army's orderly system.
The Indian Army's orderly system involves soldiers helping the officers they are assigned to. The orderlies, or buddies, are meant to do only a specific set of jobs -- in order to help the officer better conduct his duties -- but it is severely misused with the officers using their buddies, really, as domestic help.