Haryana CM Manohar Lal did not say ‘we can now bring Kashmiri girls for marriage’ (Video)

He is heard saying that other people were making these comments and it’s evident that he is focused on improving Haryana’s sex ratio even further and treats these remarks as a joke.

Avatar Written by August 10, 2019 13:51

New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said nothing objectionable while addressing a function of Maharishi Bhagirath Jayanti Samaroh at Fatehabad.

Some media reports are framing Manohar Lal Khattar’s comments as objectionable. But in reality, Khattar, who was speaking on the success of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign was only telling people that others were saying such things, not that he himself wanted to bring Kashmiri women for marriage.

The Hindu reported that ML Khattar said ‘we can now bring Kashmiri girls for marriage’, without checking the facts.

For instance, The Hindu reported Khattar’s comments thus: “Our Minister O.P. Dhankar used to say that he will have to bring daughters-in-law from Bihar. People nowadays have started saying the route to Kashmir is cleared and now we will bring girls from Kashmir.” However, the report’s headline twists Khattar’s comments to paint him in a bad light.

While their report quotes Khattar accurately, their headline paints a completely different picture.

In the video, Haryana CM is clearly heard speaking about the schemes his government has implemented to improve Haryana’s sex ratio. He also spoke of the bad reputation his state had due. When he did bring up the comments people were making about Kashmiri women, he said, “Keeping jokes aside, fixing the sex ratio will instill stability in society.”

In fact, he was talking about Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign has resulted in an improved sex ratio in the state.“Haryana was infamous due to the low birth rate of daughters. But then the government launched Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign, after which the number of girls born per 1,000 boys has increased from 850 to 933. We have to now take this number to 1,000,” the chief minister said.

It is clear that it’s not Khattar who is saying that Kashmiri women can now be brought for marriage. He is heard saying that other people were making these comments and it’s evident that he is focused on improving Haryana’s sex ratio even further and treats these remarks as a joke.