‘Now We Can Bring Kashmiri Girls for Marriage’: Haryana CM Khattar’s Comment at Beti Bachao Event

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday stoked controversy saying that people from Haryana can now get brides from Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 35A, under which Kashmiri women would lose property rights if they marry a person from outside Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at an event about the success of the campain of saving girl child in Fatehabad, he said, “We have brought so many schemes, like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’. You know Haryana is infamous for its bad sex ratio and female foeticide, but we started a campaign that brought our sex ratio up from 850 to 933. This is a big work of social change.”

He further added, “Anyone, young and old alike, can understand how this [poor sex ratio] would create a problem in the future…that there will be fewer women and more men. So our [minister OP Dhankar] Dhankhar ji said we will have to bring girls from Bihar. Now some people are saying Kashmir has been opened, we can bring girls from Kashmir also. Jokes aside, if [sex] ratio is fine, then there will be balance in society.”

There have been a surge of misanthropic remarks, with numerous individuals communicating views on marrying Kashmiri girls, since India on Monday amended Article 370 of Constitution that gave extraordinary status to Jammu and Kashmir, and requested all laws to be relevant in the area the manner in which they are in the rest of the nation.

This additionally expelled Article 35A of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, which gave the state capacity to characterize perpetual occupants of the domain and gave them uncommon rights and benefits, including the privilege to claim land. Under the now canceled article, a female inhabitant of Jammu and Kashmir would lose her property rights and the status of being a state subject on the off chance that she wedded somebody from outside the state. The arrangement was likewise connected to the children of the women.

Few days ago BJP legislator from Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh made similar remarks, saying that party workers were excited over the scrapping of Article 370 as it would now enable them to marry ‘gori’ (fair) Kashmiri girls.

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