Coronavirus | In J&K, one more death, and 20 new cases

Joanna Estrada
April 30, 2020

"...thus the type and breadth of access for exercising the right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 19 (1)(a) and/or to carry on any trade or business under Article 19 (1)(g) of the Constitution of India (CoI) through the medium of internet can be curtailed", reads one of the submissions made to the court by the J-K government.

It has further been submitted that the Supreme Court in Anuradha Bhasin vs Union of India has observed that "the internet could be used to propagate terrorism thereby challenging the sovereignty and integrity of India and that modern terrorism relies heavily on the internet".

The directions followed information by DG prisons regarding the release of prisoners across J&K in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and also measures taken by various jail authorities in and outside prisons where residents of J&K are lodged.

India has extended its ban on 4G internet in occupied Kashmir ignoring calls from the global community to lift the restrictions as coronavirus cases in the disputed territory surged past 500.

The increase in internet speed is verily apprehended to lead to swift uploading and posting of provocative videos and other heavy data files, the affidavit said.

Submitting that the Union Territory administration is taking all possible steps to ensure that minimum inconvenience is caused to citizens while keeping the vital issues of national security and internal security as a paramount consideration, the government informed the Court that in respect of Mobile data services, the internet is available at 2G speed.

"The data generated as part of this survey is being collected using the Swasthya Nidhi mobile application which was recently launched by the government", he said. A day earlier, a report authored by David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, said the Indian limitations imposed on internet in occupied Kashmir have made access to basic information hard for healthcare professionals.

News reports emanating from the occupied territory have revealed that since the new domicile law has been introduced by the Indian government for occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the people fear that more than 800,000 Indian soldiers and over 600,000 migrant labourers present in the territory may also be granted the domicile status in the days to come.

"Thirty civilians lost their lives, while 114 civilians were injured in militancy-related incidents". "The patient had co-morbidities, including hypertension and diabetes", an official said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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