How do youngsters be taught with out the Web? The petitioner requests the restoration of 4G in Jammu and Kashmir: Supreme Court docket

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Applicant: The Jammu and Kashmir Private School Association. (The association has members from 3800 schools).

Lawyer (petitioner): Adv. Shadan Farasat

In Jammu and Kashmir after its special status was lifted; 4G internet services have been discontinued.

Following the emergence of the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, regular classes have been suspended since March.

While children in most places use online platforms to continue their education, this is not the case in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

It has been claimed that the speed of the internet is too slow to support video conferencing-based classroom experiences. It should be noted that the state will get 2G speed from now on.

The petitioner was saddened that the students were not receiving their education because of this unsupporting internet condition.

Cumulatively, it will be the third round of litigation before the Supreme Court over the restoration of 4G connectivity in the state.

After two petitions

Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India

In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that the internet is directly related to freedom of expression, expression and trade. However, no immediate orders were issued to restore connectivity in the state. The central government has been asked to look into the matter.

Foundation of Media Professionals v Union of India

Petitions have been filed alleging the existence of adverse effects of a lack of 4G connectivity on commerce, education, services and commerce during the lockdown.

Again, no immediate orders to restore connectivity were issued. The Court set up an overarching special committee to review the situation. Before a committee could be formed, the center expanded the restrictions.

Current plea in law

It has been argued that

Limitations do not pass the test of necessity, legitimate goal, aptitude, and balance

The petition claims that the government did the Case of Anuradha Bhasin. It has been claimed that the government does not have alternative options such as:

  1. Use of interception against suspects to contain terrorism.
  2. Blacklist certain websites.
  3. Blocking connectivity in a specific region instead of the entire state.
  4. Allowing verified Sims to access the internet, which could make it easier to trace illegal activity.

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