Practice Relating to Rule 146. Reprisals against Protected Persons
Section D. Civilians in the power of the adversary
India’s Manual of Military Law (1983) prohibits reprisals. This provision is in a section relative to the action by a commander acting in aid of civil authorities for the handling of crowds and mobs. It adds that action is preventive and not punitive and that no soldier can punish a civilian, except under martial law.