If All is Normal, Why Are We Caged? Kashmiris Ask, 30 Days Later
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It's been a month since the Modi government's abrogation of Article 370 on 5 August forced a complete lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir with curfews, suspension of all means of communication and media restrictions. But has normalcy returned in the Valley?
To find out, The Quint reached out to several Kashmiris who say their ordeal is still continuing.
A middle aged woman named Irfana said all the reports claiming that the the situation in Kashmir has returned to normalcy are incorrect. She complained that the phones are still not working.
“What is being shown is absolutely wrong. The phones aren’t working. They claim that landlines are functional but I ask, where? We are unable to connect with anyone. It’s being shown that we are sending messages to families. People are unwell in every household but one can buy medicines only when they have money. Have they ever thought how a labourer or a poor person will survive?”Irfana, Kashmiri resident
“There is anxiety and depression among the youth,” said a young Kashmiri girl, Arooj Bhat.
“Every Kashmiri's blood is boiling because we have been caged,” said another young girl named Uroosa.
Javed, a middle-aged man, had to walk a long way with his pregnant wife to reach the hospital due to communication blockade.
A policeman in Kashmir who felt distressed about the situation people were going through said, "People have lost faith in India. If they had to revoke it, they should have spoken to the people and gotten their support."
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