Internet Shutdowns


31 July, 2023 16:00 - 13 August, 2023 23:59 (13 days)

Local Impact

Authorities have ordered mobile Internet services to be suspended in the Nuh district of Haryana after communal clashes.

Consequent orders were issued to extend the suspension until 8, 11, and 13 August 2023.

The Nuh administration said in an official statement, “In order to stop the spread of misinformation and rumors through various social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Twitter, etc. on mobile phones and SMS, for facilitation and mobilization of mobs of agitators and demonstrators who can cause serious loss of life and damage to public and private properties by indulging in arson or vandalism and other types of violent activities.”

Per Wikipedia, the Nuh district (formerly known as Mewat district) is one of the 22 districts in the Indian state of Haryana. It had a population of 1.09 million in 2011.

Internet shutdowns during protests or civil unrest impact the ability of citizens to get accurate information from government sources when they need it most. It also becomes harder for citizens to contact family members and friends in other parts of the country, or in other countries.


Cause Documentation

Photo of government orders to suspend Internet

Photo of government orders to suspend Internet

Data and Analysis

It’s difficult to measure the effect of local/regional Internet shutdowns as most measurements are done at a country level.

Economic Impact
No data
Shutdown Type
Affected Regions
Nuh, Haryana
Affected Services
Internet mobile
In the News

Situation in Nuh not Assessed Properly: Deputy CM Chautala; Internet ban Extended till Aug 13 — News Drum

Mobile internet services in Nuh stay suspended till Aug 11 – Odishatv

Haryana Nuh Violence: Mobile internet Suspended till August 2. How Internet shutdowns work in India? Explained – Mint