India uses surveillance techniques, anti-terror law to stifle dissent in Kashmir

India uses surveillance techniques, anti-terror law to stifle dissent in Kashmir

Shahana Butt

Press TV, Kashmir

The death of India’s chief of defense staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others in a chopper crash on Wednesday made big news across the subcontinent. The report went viral on social media and received huge attention region wide.

Following the incident, a female staffer at one of Kashmir’s leading banks received suspension for what was described as inappropriate reaction to a social media post about the death of the chief of defense staff.

People in Kashmir are criticizing the suspension, saying this is a violation of their rights to free speech. In the Indian-administered Kashmir, government offices and semi-government institutions have issued circulars and updated codes of conduct cautioning employees against posting anything critical of India or its rule in the region.

India is increasingly using its anti-terror law since the Hindu nationalist party BJP came to power in 2014. The government of…

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