India’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that shutting down internet in occupied Kashmir was unconstitutional in a rebuke for Prime Minister Narendra Modidi government.
New Delhi imposed a communications lockdown in August last year after it withdrew the Muslim majority region’s autonomy, aiming to control unrest, reported Reuters news agency.
An indefinite suspension of the internet is a violation of the country’s telecoms rules, the court said, ordering authorities in occupied Kashmir to review all curbs in a week’s time.
Since last August, Kashmir has been under a telecommunications lock down as the Indian Army has taken control over the state. This drew international criticism, and diplomats from several countries say they have raised concerns about human rights in occupied Kashmir with foreign ministry officials.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled the internet shutdown unconstitutional, do you think the Modhi Government will loosen it’s grip on occupied country and give the Kashmiri people a semblance of piece?