SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir

Battling social norms and breaking barriers, many women in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir had assiduously worked to build their businesses over the past many years. 

Many of them had even given up lucrative jobs in foreign countries to contribute to the progress of their homeland. But the continuous internet shut down since Aug. 5, coinciding revocation of autonomy of the region by India, has brought havoc on the nascent businesses of women entrepreneurs.

Iqra Ahmed, the woman behind the revival of Kashmiri long robe pheran was successfully running an online shopping portal named Tulpalav since 2015.

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