Senators over Trumpâ€™s India visit
Action taken by India in J-K has severe consequences'
New Delhi :
Ahead of the US President Donald Trump's India visit later this month, four powerful US Senators have written to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and asked for an assessment of the human rights situation in Kashmir and religious freedom in the country, saying hundreds of Kashmiris remain in "preventive detention"after the abrogation of Article 370. The top senators also expressed concerned about the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has triggered nationwide protest in India.
The influential senators Chris Van Hollen, Todd Young, Richard J Durbin and Lindsey O Graham, in their letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dated February 12, said that India has now imposed the longest-ever internet shutdown by a democracy,
disrupting access to medical care, business and education for seven million people.
On August 5 last year, the Centre had withdrawn the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided the state into two Union Territories - Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.