Internet shutdowns in Jammu and Kashmir
According to the Kashmir Reporter, Jammu and Kashmir, India, have had 73 Internet shutdowns in last four years. The information comes from a tracker website, maintained by the Delhi-based non-profit legal services organisation Software Freedom Law Centre. The tracker, Internet Shutdowns, ‘shows that since 2012, the Internet has been shut down in different parts of India 165 times’. The site includes an update on recent Phagwara clashes: Mobile internet, SMS services suspended in 4 Punjab districts.
In another article, the Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir Police commented on the shutdowns, ‘My effort is to ensure minimum disruption of internet. I am totally against it. But let me tell you there is mischief and misuse of it to spread hatred and false propaganda. This is what we want to prevent.’