On August 5, 2019, India announced the abolition of the special status granted to the Indian-controlled Kashmir region, and through the restructuring act, the region was changed to India's Kashmiri Territory and the Ladakh Direct Jurisdiction.
The move removed Kashmir from the autonomy of India after independence in 1947. This will mean that Kashmir has lost its constitution and banner. The rules that prevent outsiders from buying land have also been lifted, raising concerns about demographics and lifestyle changes in the area.
Since then, the Indian government has imposed a curfew in India-controlled Kashmir. The market and shops in Srinagar, the capital, have closed, various schools have been suspended, and roadblocks have been set up on the road. There are only security forces on the road, and only emergency vehicles in the hospital can drive on the road. The local Internet, mobile networks, fixed-line telephone networks, and cable TV networks were all cut off, and residents were also banned from taking to the streets.
After a large-scale protest on Friday (August 9), after the curfew eased, at least 10,000 people took to the streets of Srinagar to protest against the government’s right to the only Muslim-majority country in India. According to reports, the police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets to dispel the protests. The action was the biggest since the region’s unprecedented disruption in communications since last week.
According to India’s NDTV TV station on the 9th, despite the unstable situation in Kashmir, due to the Muslim festival Gurban Festival, the Indian government has not restricted the Kashmiri to gather to participate in the August 9 prayer, India-controlled Kashmir region’s mobile communications and the Internet. Partial recovery.