No discussions of India doing psychological profiling of soldiers: MNDF

Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid (CR) and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar (CL) inaugurate the coastal surveillance radar system in Maldives | Photo: MNDF

Maldives National Defence Force has said that it is not discussing psychological profiling of newly recruited officers through an Indian national forensic university.

Senior officials of the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, were quoted as saying that the university had conducted psychological assessment of officers recruited for the security forces and law enforcement agencies.

NFSU Campus Director Shankarrao Chunar, had told Indian media that the profiling was done by the university’s School of Behavioral Science at the request of the Maldivian government. Based on the profiles, people have been recruited for security forces and law enforcement agencies, he said.

However, it is unclear whether he meant the security forces and law enforcement agencies as MNDF or the police. Police have not yet commented on the matter.

According to Ahmedabad Mirror, apart from the psychological verification, recruits also have to clear various levels of psychological profiling.

The paper reported that Vishal Parmar, who carried out the psychological profiling of 187 candidates, had told them that they used polygraph machines and other technologies for psychological screening.