Normal life remains disrupt as curfew enters 53rd day in IOK

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Normal life remained disrupted in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) for 53rd consecutive day as Modi-led Indian government’s continued curfew nearing two month mark.

According to Kashmir Media Service, due to the prevailing situation, people are facing scarcity of basic essentials in particular life saving drugs.

Though government offices and schools are open, they almost remain empty despite the efforts of the administration to make it look otherwise as employees are not turning up and parents are reluctant to send their wards to educational institutions.

Even as few vendors have set up stalls at various places and majority of the landlines have been restored, but they couldn’t cater to the needs of the people.

Main markets and other business establishments continued to remain closed and public transport is off the road in the occupied territory.

On Sept 15, a petition against illegal detention of children by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir was filed in the Supreme Court.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by Enakshi Ganguly, a child rights expert, and Professor Shanta Sinha, the first Chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR).

There are reports suggesting violations which include loss of life and freedom. These are very serious and demand judicial review of the ground situation regarding children, the petition says.

In the meantime, jails in the occupied Kashmir have ran out of capacity and now thousands of people detained without charges by Indian forces are being shifted via planes to other parts of the country.

Over 14,000 innocent people have been arrested by Indian forces over fears of unrest following the complete lockdown imposed in the valley on Aug 5.

India had abrogated Article 370 on August 5 withdrawing special status given to occupied Kashmir.

A local magistrate said last week that over 4,000 people had been arrested under the controversial Public Safety Act.