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Article 19 isn’t applicable to Kashmir alone
Will authorities turn considerate towards Jammu after SC's observations on internet gag?
1/10/2020 11:21:29 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 10: The Supreme Court in its latest verdict on Friday asked the government to restore the internet services within a week in Kashmir, raising expectations that those at the helm may cast a considerate look at Jammu region where mobile internet continues to remain snapped since August 5.
There is euphoria all across the landlocked valley over the Supreme Court’s direction with people expecting that the government may restore the internet services in a coming week. However, what continues to remain intriguing is the fact that the authorities of the erstwhile state are completely overlooking Jammu and all the plethora of hardships the people of the region are facing due to the blockade of internet in the region.
The Supreme Court's ruling that came out on Friday has asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review within a week all orders imposing curbs in the union territory. It also stated that internet access is a fundamental right under Article 19 of the Constitution led to a sigh of relief in the Valley.
People in Kashmir are terming the Supreme Court observation as very happy news, a huge relief. If the court directions are implemented, the internet that has been suspended for over five months now will start working again.
As per the sources within the dispensation, the government has been asked by the central ministry to submit the latest ground situation of Kashmir valley which has been subtly limping back to normalcy since past two months. There are speculations that the government may restore broadband internet services at the first place in Kashmir. However, it may throttle its speed so that the users wouldn’t be able to access or upload any videos. There are also speculations making rounds that the government may seek more time from the supreme court over the restoration of internet in Kashmir, citing the measure, if taken, as a major impediment in restoration of the normalcy in Valley.
Meanwhile, those at the helm and those who claim to be representing Jammu’s aspirations seem to be tightlipped over the blockade of internet in Jammu where situation remained completely peaceful even after the abrogation of Article370 and downgrading of the state to a union territory. “The government has no reason and no justification over blocking the internet in Jammu. Just because the people of Jammu are peace loving doesn’t mean the authorities would take them for a ride and trample their rights with impunity. More than five months have passed and there is absolutely no voice being heard from the corridors of power about the restoration of mobile internet in Jammu,” says a post graduate student from Jammu University.
On social media too, those who are fortunate enough to have access to fixed internet connection express their disgruntlement over the blockade of mobile internet in Jammu. There are questions being raised over how could the government not even restore the 2G mobile internet for the Jammu subscribers when there are people in open complaining how the gag has been taking toll on their normal lives.
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