Major Internet shutdown registered in Kashmir as crisis worsens
There has been a clear confirmation of loss of internet access across the Kashmir region as contained in network data shared from the Netblocks’ internet observatory. This occurrence is happening amidst increasing military presence and curfew imposed allegedly by Indian forces.
The report explains the internet blackout to be related to the imposition of Section 144, which limits public assembly, across Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir and Jammu. Other surrounding regions have also experienced significant disruptions.
The internet disruptions in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been recorded as the 51st blackout in 2019 has “raised concerns for the safety and wellbeing of residents as well as posing a threat to the fundamental human rights of free expression and free assembly.”