A prominent rights group in Indian-administered Kashmir has called India’s communications blockout following the scrapping of the disputed region’s semi-autono my last year ‘’collective punishment’’ and urged the international community to question New Delhi over it calls’ ‘digital apartheid’’.

The Sammu-Kashmir coalition of civil society JKCCS in its 125-page report said horns costs and consequences of the digital siege since August 2019, when new Delhi stripped the region of its state hood and the semi-autonomy that gave its natives special rights over land ownership and jobs.
The move, which set off widespread anger, was accompanied by a security clampdown and communication blockout in the region that left hundreds of thousands jobless, impaired the already feeble healthcare system and stooped the school and college education of millions.

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