Indefinite Internet shutdown in Kashmir is illegal: Supreme Court



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The Supreme Court of India has said that an indefinite shutdown of the internet in Kashmir was illegal, rebuking the government for the communications lockdown imposed after it withdrew the Muslim majority region's autonomy in August.

The apex court of the country said that the indefinite suspension of the internet violated India's telecoms rules and has also ordered authorities to review all curbs in Kashmir within a week.

Supreme Court Justice N. V. Ramana said, 'Freedom of Internet access is a fundamental right.' The shutdown in Kashmir has been on for more than 150 days and has been the longest such outrage in any democracy.

In 2019, India's documented internet blackouts lasted for more than 4,000 hours, costing Asia's third-biggest economy $1.3 billion, according to a report by website Top10VPN.

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