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Data: Jammu & Kashmir has had the highest number of telecommunications shutdowns

People waiting to access the Internet at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shopian, south Kashmir, on September 26.

People waiting to access the Internet at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shopian, south Kashmir, on September 26.  

The telecommunications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir, which was imposed on August 4, a day prior to the dilution of Article 370, is the fourth-longest in the country in the last four years.

Not only has the region recorded the highest number of shutdowns in the country, it has also seen the longest one in this period.

The outlier
A total of 183 instances of shutdowns have been recorded in Jammu and Kashmir since 2016, the highest in the country. Rajasthan is a distant second with 43 shutdowns. As of August, 67 shutdowns had been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019.

image/svg+xml Shutdowns 2 75 State 2016 2017 2018 2019 J&K Rajasthan Others U.P. 67 6 4 11 75 18 28 8 29 13 24 3 11 12 6 2
 

Shutdown rationale
In most instances, the official reason cited for shutdowns was “public safety or precautionary measure.” “National security” was cited 26 times (fifth among the set). The reasons behind 108 shutdowns between 2016 and August 2019 were unknown.

image/svg+xml 125 100 75 50 25 0 Public safety/ precautionary measure Fake news and hate speech- related violence Stopping rumours National security School exams Unknown
 

Offline days
The longest recorded shutdown in J&K was for 6 months between July 2016 and January 2017 following agitations after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan

Wani’s killing. Postpaid services were restored in November 2016, but prepaid services were curtailed till January 2017.

image/svg+xml Date Began Date Ended Days State Services affected July 8, 2016 Jan. 7, 2017 202 J&K Internet July 8, 2016 Nov. 18, 2016 133 J&K SMS,telephony June 18, 2017 Sept. 25, 2017 99 W.B. Internet Aug. 4, 2019 (ongoing) 70 J&K Broadband and mobile Internet April 17, 2017 May 27, 2017 40 J&K Internet
 

Unenviable position
Globally, India has recorded the highest number of shutdowns. Between January 2016 and June 2018, 160 shutdowns were recorded. After India, Ethiopia saw the longest recorded shutdown in this period for 110 days between December 2017 and April 2018.

image/svg+xml Shutdowns 2 69 Country India Pakistan Ethiopia Others Iraq 2016 2017 2018 60 34 6 12 7 69 11 2 22 4 31 32 8 2 3

 

Source: Access Now

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