Internet shutdown in Kashmir unconstitutional: Indian top court

Internet shutdown in Kashmir unconstitutional: Indian top court

New Delhi (Web Desk): India’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled that shutting down internet in occupied Kashmir was unconstitutional.


In August 2019, New Delhi imposed a communications lockdown 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.

Last year, the Indian SC ordered bolstered protection for Kashmiris who faced discrimination and violent backlash from Indian citizens in the aftermath of the Pulwama suicide blast in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed in occupied Kashmir.