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Social media applications that allow “peer to peer” communication will continue to be banned for the Muslim-majority area's more than seven million people. 

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The government statistics understate the number of rapes as it is still considered a taboo to report rape in some parts of India, and because rapes that end in murder are counted purely as murders.

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The new measure follows the revocation of the special status of India's Muslim-majority Kashmir region and a court ruling clearing the way for the construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a mosque razed by Hindu zealots.

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Judge Dharmesh Sharma said as he read the verdict he found the victim’s statement “truthful and unblemished that she was sexually assaulted.”

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Since the new law was voted in on Dec. 11, protests across India have not stopped, with a death toll already reaching six people.

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The move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government faced stiff resistance from opposition parties, minority groups and student bodies, with some calling it discriminatory against Muslims.

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Opposition politicians along with demonstrators say the bill is “anti-Muslim” and violates the secular principles of the constitution.

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The blaze erupted at about 4:00 am local time in the city's old quarter, a congested area with numerous small unauthorized factories and storage units.

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