Residents in India-administered Kashmir are expressing fear over a set of laws modified by the Indian government that allows local land to be sold to people from outside the state.
Last week, the Indian government repealed several laws that were intended to prevent non-residents from purchasing land in Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan region claimed both by India and Pakistan. The new rules allow any Indian citizen to buy land in the area whereas earlier, only permanent residents under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution were permitted to do so.
The constitutional law accorded special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, allowing it a large degree of independence in its administration. New Delhi abrogated the article last year in August, revoking Kashmir’s autonomy and imposing strict curbs on public movement and communications.
The new development regarding land laws has now sparked fear among the Muslim-majority population of Kashmir, who