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Kashmir Shutdown Raises Healthcare Concerns

Expand A paramilitary trooper stops an ambulance during the curfew in Srinagar, August 16, 2019. © 2019 Saqib Majeed/SOPA Images/Sipa USA via AP Images “This is not a protest. This is a request,” read the placard Dr. Omar Salim was holding outside a government hospital in Srinagar last week. He wanted the Indian government to lift the shutdown on phones and internet in Jammu and Kashmir state, in place since August 5. He felt the blackout was preventing patients from obtaining government health benefits. For this, the police promptly detained him, according to various reports. Salim is not…

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