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Friday, January 10, 2020, 14:18
India's top court says Kashmir internet shutdown unconstitutional
By Reuters
Friday, January 10, 2020, 14:18 By Reuters

Children look on from a mud house during a cold day on the outskirts of Srinagar on Jan 3, 2020. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP)

NEW DELHI — India's Supreme Court said on Friday that shutting down the internet in the disputed region of Kashmir was unconstitutional in a rebuke for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. 

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The government imposed a communications lockdown in August after it withdrew the Muslim majority region's autonomy, aiming to control unrest. 

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An indefinite suspension of the internet is a violation of the country's telecoms rules, the court said, ordering authorities in Kashmir to review all curbs in a week's time.

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