Jammu and Kashmir After August 5, 2019: The Ongoing Struggle for Human Rights


  • Yusra Zaib Azad Jammu and Kashmir university


This study delves into the aftermath of the Indian government's amendments to Article 370 on August 5, 2019, and the subsequent revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status. Ongoing reports indicate a disturbing pattern of human rights violations, encompassing arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial killings, and forced disappearances by Indian government forces in the region. Examining the post-Article 370 landscape, this research scrutinizes the impact on fundamental human rights in Kashmir, specifically focusing on curtailed freedom of expression, restricted movement and assembly, and abuses of rights in health, education, and religious liberty. The study highlights the severe clampdown in the Kashmir valley, characterized by limitations on vehicle mobility, shutdowns of internet, telephone, and mobile networks, along with the deployment of an additional 8,000 Indian army soldiers. Over two years of stringent curfew measures have significantly compromised the medical and healthcare infrastructure in the region, adversely affecting the populace's access to essential medical treatment, as guaranteed by international human rights standards. The unilateral and unconstitutional modification of Article 370 by the Indian government underscores a dismissal of pertinent ideas from both local and international forums. The study reveals that India's actions, including altering demographics in Kashmir, amount to a breach of human rights, further exacerbated by the prolonged and extensive siege. This research contributes to the discourse surrounding the socio-political implications of the post-August 5th developments in Jammu and Kashmir.




How to Cite

Yusra Zaib. (2024). Jammu and Kashmir After August 5, 2019: The Ongoing Struggle for Human Rights. International Journal of Kashmir Studies, 5(2). Retrieved from http://ojs.kprijk.org/index.php/openjournalsystem/article/view/128