Responding to the new circular which needs a license to become the admin of WhatsApp groups, Prakash Singh Dadwal State Social Media Coordinator of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Jammu and Kashmir strongly condemned the restrictions on Whatsapp freedom.
“This circular is ignorant and violates the constitutional that allows freedom of speech and expression. For how long will the government decide whether people can communicate with each other or not? Actually, the authorities do not want the people to spread the truth about the situation which actually happens.
It is clearly an unnecessary and disproportionate measure that cannot be countenanced as a ‘reasonable restriction’ on freedom of expression and the right to seek and receive information, which is an integral part of the freedom of expression. The way in which the restriction is imposed is unreasonable. Problem is in the method that is being used by the J&K Government to control the situation and not in the Whatsapp Group’s admin.” Prakash Singh Dadwal, the Student’s Leader, laminated.
Dadwal further added that in a time when freedom of speech and privacy are being widely discussed and debated, this is quite a regressive step by the Kashmir state government which also states that Government employees were discouraged for being participants to WhatsApp groups and warned of serious action if found commenting on government policies