Indian Army Peacekeepers are facing allegations of sexually exploiting women in Congo during their deployment under a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.

The United Nations has briefed India about these allegations against the Indian Army's 6 Sikh battalion during its deployment in Congo in 2007-08.

United Nations Investigations show that Indian Army peacekeepers fathered over a dozen children while they were deployed in Congo as part of a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in 2008.

DNA tests conducted by the United Nations in Durla, Congo has confirmed that the children were born with “distinctive Indian features”.

Indian Army peacekeepers of the 6th Sikh Battalion included 12 officers and 39 Jawans. In past, Indian peacekeepers were reported to have paid minor Congolese girls in North Kivu for sex.

In 2007, Indian Army UN peacekeepers in Congo were involved in the smuggling of gold and ivory. This gang of smugglers was lead by the Indian army officers, including a Lieutenant Colonel and a Major.

In past, Government of Congo had requested UN not to send any more Indian Army peacekeepers due to their involvement in gold trafficking and sexual abuse but UN did not take any action against India rather allowed them to send additional number of personnel despite their all out protests.

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