NCW to seek explanation from UP BJP MLA for Kashmiri women remarks

National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma on Saturday said she would seek an explanation from Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Vikram Singh Saini for his remarks that party workers can now go to Jammu and Kashmir and marry "fair" women there.

"Why their imagination ends at women and their complexion and looks? How they open their big mouth and give these stupid remarks for women? Why people choose them to power? I certainly will ask for his explanation," she said in a tweet, without naming anyone.

Later, in another tweet she clarified that "it was for MLA from Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar Vikram Singh Saini's statement".

On Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's remarks on Kashmiri brides, the NCW chief said that she has seen the complete video of the speech.

"...his statement is not what the media is showing," she said.

After the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, BJP MLA Saini had said, "Modiji has fulfilled our dream. The whole country is happy. I called a hakimji, asking for help to get land in J&K. All eager 'karyakartas' can now go to the state and marry 'gori' women there. We have no problem with it."

"Hindu and Muslim workers should be happy with the decision and marry a 'gori' (fair) girl from Jammu and Kashmir," he added earlier this week.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has also courted a controversy with his remarks that "some people are now saying that as Kashmir is open, brides will be brought from there".

Khattar was expressing concern over low sex ratio in Haryana at an event in Fatehabad on Friday when he made the remarks in an apparent reference to the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.

"Now some people say, Kashmir is open, they (brides) will be brought from there. But jokes apart, if (sex) ratio is improved, then there will be a right balance in society," he said.