London: Personnel of the British armed forces have revealed that they were abused and humiliated by their own people when moving around in public in uniform.
According to a survey of 9,000 serving military personnel done by Tory Peer and businessman Lord Ashcroft, 21 percent said they suffered insults from a shouting public, when in uniform, while 18 percent claimed that they had been refused service in places such as pubs and hotels in the past five years.
Others said they had been spat at and over one in 20 claimed to have faced violence.
“I have people running up and screaming ‘baby killer’ at me,” The Sun quoted a female Royal Air Force (RAF) officer, as saying.
These shameful findings come as a shocking revelation, especially at a time as the Army personnel have spent more than 10 years fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, losing close to 600 troops and almost 10,000 being injured.
British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has promised to look into these statistics and take necessary action.
First Published: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 17:51