Several media houses like The Hindu, Scroll, ANI misquoted Haryana CM. He never said that we can now bring Kashmiri girls for marriage.
An aspiring historian Umar Khalid tweeted to claim that CM of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar has said that "Now we will bring girls from Kashmir". He went on to call him a troll.
His tweet reads, "Now, we will bring girls from Kashmir", says Manohar Lal Khattar, CM of Haryana With CMs like these, who needs trolls!
A simple google search revealed that several media houses have quoted CM Manohar Lal Khattar. It all started with The Hindu whose headline reads, "Now we can bring Kashmiri girls for marriage: Haryana CM Khattar". As per the Hindu, he made the controversial remark while addressing a State-level function of Maharishi Bhagirath Jayanti Samaroh at Fatehabad.
News agency ANI and Several media houses like Scroll published reports with similar headlines. The scroll's article was tweeted by Rahul Gandhi to condemn Haryana's CM remark on Kashmiri women. His tweet reads, "Haryana CM, Khattar's comment on Kashmiri women is despicable and shows what years of RSS training does to the mind of a weak, insecure and pathetic man. Women are not assets to be owned by men."
We searched the video of the event and found it on Haryana CM's Youtube channel. Khattar was speaking about the schemes his government has implemented to improve Haryana’s poor sex ratio and talked about the bad reputation of his state in this regard. Here is the full transcript:
Our Haryana was infamous and seen as a state that kills girls. We ran campaigns to improve this. The gender ratio which was 850 girls per thousand boys has now increased to 933 girls per thousand boys. This is a big task; this is a task of social change. Elderly, youth or anyone will understand there may come a danger that number of girls is lesser than the number of boys.
Our Dhankad Ji on this has said, we will bring girls (daughter-in-laws) from Bihar. Now, some people are saying that Kashmir is open and we can bring them from there. These jokes apart, but if the gender ratio is correct, then there will be balance in the society. Therefore, we will have to take part in this.
When one listens to his speech and see the context, the misreporting becomes very clear.
Thus, it’s quite clear that Haryana's CM Manohar Lal Khattar didn't say that Kashmiri women can now be brought for marriage. He is saying that other people were making these comments and he is focused on improving Haryana’s sex ratio even further. He was talking about the success of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign.
The Hindi and Scroll soon realized their mistakes and have corrected the headline.
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