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Kashmir News: Supreme Court remarks on Internet access happy news, say people in Kashmir Valley News – India

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SRINAGAR: The Supreme Court’s observation on Friday that Internet access is a fundamental right has come as happy news for people in the Kashmir Valley, with many expressing hope that services will resume soon.
Internet access was broken five months ago when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked and the state forked into two trade union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The Supreme Court’s ruling calling on the administration of Jammu and Kashmir to review within a week all orders imposing curbs in the union territory and to say that Internet access is a fundamental right under Article 19 of the Constitution led to a sigh of relief in the Valley.
“It’s very happy news for us, a great relief, as the Internet has been suspended for more than five months. We really expect services to resume as soon as possible now,” said Ishtiyaq Ahmad, a businessman in the Lal Chowk area of the city.
He said trade and business have been severely affected since August 5, when authorities cut off all Internet services in the Valley.
“All sectors have been severely affected. This has been the worst phase for business in the valley. The Internet is a basic tool that everyone depends on, especially the people associated with business. We have fought a lot without Internet services,” Ahmad said.
Another entrepreneur associated with the tourism sector in the Valley expects the Internet-dependent business to get a filler.
“This will give a boost to the sector that relies heavily on the Internet. Everything in the sector depends entirely on Internet services, from ticketing inquiries to bookings.
“Tourists also distrusted the suspension of services and showed little interest in visiting the Valley. We hope this will give a filler to tourism,” he said.
Afreen Mushtaq, a student living on the outskirts of the city, said the student community has suffered more and the court’s criticism of the Internet ban, albeit late, is a breath of fresh air.
“The Internet should have been restored a long time ago. We’ve been deprived of services for too long. It’s affected our education. It has particularly affected those who had to seek admissions and participate in several exams,” he said.
A journalist in Srinagar, which did not wish to be identified, said that the Supreme Court has rightly observed that Internet access is a fundamental right that cannot be reduced and expressed the hope that services will be restored to media houses so that they can function freely.
“This is what we had been saying all along. The Supreme Court has rightly hit the government. We now hope that services, especially to media houses, will resume soon and a better sense will prevail so that services are not interrupted for so long in the future,” the reporter said.
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