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India grants IOJ&K domicile to 25,000 outsiders
June 28, 2020

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In occupied Kashmir, India has granted domicile certificates to up to 25,000 people since May 18 this year, raising fears of the beginning of demographic changes in the Muslim-majority territory.

This has been stated in a news report published by Al Jazeera News on its website.

The certificate, a sort of citizenship right, entitles a person to residency and government jobs in the region, which till last year was reserved only for the local population.

Last year on August 5, when India revoked the semi-autonomous status of the region, it also scrapped the local special citizenship law, guaranteed under Article 35 (A) of the Indian constitution. The move has drawn parallel with the occupied West Bank.

Article 35 (A) had barred outsiders, including Indian nationals from other states, from settling in the occupied Kashmir and claiming government jobs there, to maintain its demographic balance.

However, in April this year, amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Indian government notified domicile laws making an unspecified number of outsiders eligible for residency and jobs in the occupied territory.