Indian-administered Kashmir, which had been under a security lockdown implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in August 2019, is now under a second lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. After several months of the security lockdown, when the government in New Delhi decided to ease it, the outbreak of the coronavirus began to spread.
The outbreak has jeopardized the Kashmiri separatist movement. For the first time, the Kashmiri nation has not experienced any lockdown, analysts say. The movements of separatism and liberty have made them accustomed to such conditions. Analysts say curfews and various security restrictions are not new to the Kashmir nation because of a situation that has persisted for many years. However, the outbreak situation has begun to weaken their movement and is a new thing.
Human rights activists and organizations believe that the Modi government can take steps to further tighten civil liberties by using the Coronavirus pandemic. If this is done, it will be a network of security sanctions that will keep the Kashmiri people in the dark.
Abhinash Kumar, executive director of Amnesty International’s Indian Chapter, says the steps taken in Kashmir by taking advantage of a public health emergency cannot be relieved. According to Kumar, illegal and custom arrests, internet blocking and medical facilities have been increased, as well as the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which has increased the Kashmir nation’s resilience.
Health officials working in Kashmir say that people in the area face many difficulties due to government sanctions. In which case, the Coronavirus outbreak has increased these problems immensely. The officials also say that reducing the sanctions will be a serious threat to the people here in the current situation, such as the Coronavirus epidemic.
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