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The health situation in Jammu and Kashmir: What is the obligation of health professionals?

Ramani Atkuri, Anand Zachariah, Ravi D’Souza

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2019.061


Abstract

We are witness today to a democratic country violating multiple rights of an entire state of its own citizens. Starting from August 5, 2019, it is now over two months that the state of Jammu and Kashmir has been under a lockdown, and there was also a communication blockade. Initially all modes of communication – landline telephones, cellphones and the internet were blocked, and there were severe physical restrictions on the movement of civilians, with concertina wire barricades manned by soldiers every few metres. The Central Government put these measures in place along with thousands of additional troops brought into the state, in addition to the troops already deployed there, as it abrogated Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, and downgraded the state into two union territories.

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