Article 370 repeal: Kashmiri students in Delhi fear for their families back home
Kashmiri students in Delhi termed the government's move as dictatorial. They also said their families in Kashmir were fearful and uncertain of what will happen.
The government's move to end the special status for Kashmir and bifurcate the state has met with approval by many Indians, not least of them the Kashmiri pandits. But on the other side, people living in Kashmir are fearful. Kashmiri students studying in Delhi termed the decision to remove Section 370 as dictatorial. They also expressed concern about the safety of their families in Kashmir.
Shehla Rashid, former Vice-President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU), said that her party will go to the Supreme Court in appeal against the government's decision. Shehla Rashid is a member of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM), the political organisation of Shah Faisal, a former Kashmiri IAS officer.
Shehla said in a tweet that they will challenge the government's decision today in the Supreme Court. The government has betrayed the constitution by taking this decision, she said.
We will challenge the order today in the Supreme Court. The move to replace "Government" by "Governor" and Constituent Assembly by "Legislative Assembly" is a fraud on Constitution. Appeal to progressive forces for solidarity Protests today in Delhi and Bangalore- Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) August 5, 2019
Shehla said in another tweet, "The data on Kashmiri mobile phones has been restricted. I can only post on Twitter using Wi-Fi."
The data speed of Kashmiri mobile numbers have been restricted. I've been able to post on Twitter only over Wi-Fi. All Kashmiri numbers are operating outside the state @MishiChoudhary @nixxin @RanaAyyub @mehdirhasan @kavita_krishnan @sharmasupriya- Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) August 5, 2019
JNUSU's general secretary Ejaz Ahmed Rather said, "This is an unconstitutional and dictatorial decision that is being implemented through the parliament. There is nothing left for us. I talked to my family Sunday night and my family said that "Come home and see us, we do not know how much time we have left... Everything in Kashmir is closed and we are unable to contact our family. "
Mudassar, an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) living in Anantnag, said, "There is uncertainty among us." We do not know what will happen to our families in this condition. Last night I had spoken to my family who said Come back home, so I had booked a ticket for Monday. I had to cancel my ticket after seeing the situation. I am very scared about the security of my family.
A student of Jamia Millia Islamia said the her family had told her not to leave the university campus, and not talk to strangers or media persons.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]