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Posted at: Nov 16, 2019, 7:13 AM; last updated: Nov 16, 2019, 6:24 PM (IST)

India under pressure on clampdown

India under pressure on clampdown
Paramilitary solider stands guard near Ganta Ghar at Kashmir. File photo

Sandeep Dikshit
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 15

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission has decided to ask the US Congress and State Department to pressurise the Indian Government into permitting international journalists and independent human rights organisations to assess the situation in Jammu & Kashmir for themselves.

In a hearing on the situation in Kashmir by the Congressional committee, the decks were loaded against the Indian Government’s stand on J&K — that Internet clampdown was meant to curb terrorism and the abrogation of Article 370 had ushered long-denied social justice norms.

Many of them dwelt on the deniable of religious freedom in J&K after the August 5 clampdown and Congressmen were particularly keen on grilling the witnesses on religious freedom violations. This issue is expected to find greater resonance at the December 4 hearing.

The hearing was broken into two sections.

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