While Kashmir faces complete blackout after the Centre decided to revoke Article 35 A and divided Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are happy about the decision claiming that it was crucial for “national integration”.

On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA has another reason to support the decision made. According to MLA Vikram Singh Saini BJP workers were “excited” because now they can marry “fair girls from Kashmir”.

In a video the MLA says:

“Karyakarta bahut utsuk hai aur jo kunwaare hai, unki shaadi wahi karva denge, koi dikkat nahi hai. Kya dikkat hai? Pehle wahaan mahilaon par kitna atyachar tha. Wahaan ki ladki agar kisi Uttar Pradesh ke chorey se shaadi kar le, toh uski nagrikta khatam. Bharat ki nagrikta alag, Kashmir ki alag… Aur jo Muslim karyakarta hai yahaan par, unko khushi manani chahiye… Shaadi wahaan karo na, Kashmiri gori ladki se. Khushi manani chahiye. Poore chahe Hindu, Musalman koi ho. Yeh poore desh ke liye utsah ka vishay hai.”

“(The workers are very excited and those who are bachelors, they can get married there. There is no issue now. Earlier, there was a lot of atrocities on women. If a woman from there [Kashmir] got married to a man from Uttar Pradesh, her citizenship would be revoked. There was different citizenship for India and Kashmir. And the Muslim workers should celebrate here. Get married there. To a fair Kashmiri girl. There should be celebrations. Everyone should celebrate… Be it Hindu or Muslims. This is something the entire country should be celebrating).”

The MLA has got his facts wrong and is clearly a sexist. Before the revoke of the article Kashmiri women never lost their residency if they married an outsider. Ishaq Qadri the former activist general of Jammu and Kashmir government told PTI “This issue was settled by a full bench of Jammu and Kashmir high court in the case titled State and others vs Dr. Susheela Sawhney and others in October 2002 by striking down the proviso of the state subject (permanent residency) law according to which women marrying outsiders would lose their permanent resident status,”

It seems unlikely that the “fair women” of Kashmir would want to marry the “excited” workers of BJP. They never married one in the last 17 years and they will most likely not marry one now.

Sadly, this sexist ideology is shared by many. According to HuffPost numerous TikTok videos of men getting excited over marrying Kashmiri women have surfaced.