NEW DELHI, 19 February, 2021 (TON): The UN rights experts got criticized for their concerns about the constitutional changes made in the Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir, where militants have been fighting for independence for three decades and said the officials lacked neutrality.
Two reporters said in a statement on Thursday that the Indian government's decision last year to end Jammu and Kashmir state's autonomy and enact new laws could curtail the political participation of Muslims.
Muslims and other minority groups also stood to lose on issues such as employment and land ownership, they said.
Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the changes made in its status were enacted by parliament, said the Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava.
One of the changes was that laws that were in force in the rest of India would also apply to the people of Kashmir, allowing them the same legal rights as the rest of India, he said.
"This press release calls into question the larger principles of objectivity and neutrality that the SRs (Special Rapporteurs) are mandated by the Human Rights Council to adhere to," he said in a statement late on Thursday night.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has maintained that it revoked Kashmir's special status in an effort to integrate the revolt-torn region in India and open it up for faster economic growth.