Issue Brief on “IOK and The New Domicile Law: Another Stab in The Back for Kashmiris”


If ever there was a doubt regarding India’s intentions of changing the demography of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IoJK), the recently introduced domicile law has put all such doubts to rest.

Months after India bifurcated the state of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories and abrogated Article 370 and Article 35 A which guaranteed a special status to IOK and rights strictly meant for the Kashmiri people, the Indian government has now gone one step further to rub salt into the wounds of Kashmiri people. Following its long cherished dream of making India a Hindu rashtra where minorities are treated as aliens and second grade citizens, the BJP government enacted a new domicile law for IOK the “Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (adaptation of state laws) Order 2020”[1] on March 31, 2020 through an executive order.

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