Pakistan has not just used Congress’s Rahul Gandhi’s name in its letter to the United Nations, alleging massive human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. It has also referred to the ruling BJP; the document also names Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Vikram Saini, citing their remarks on Kashmiri women.
Under a section ‘Gender-based Violence as a weapon of war”, the letter from Pakistan mentions a video showing Mr Saini. “Muslim party workers should rejoice in the new provisions. They can now marry the white-skinned women of Kashmir,” the letter quoted him as saying.
Mr Khattar’s remarks, referring to similar comments, were also quoted. “Some people are now saying that as Kashmir is open, brides will be brought from there. But jokes apart, if (the gender) ratio is improved, then there will be right balance in society,” the letter quoted him as saying.
The BJP leaders’ remarks about Kashmiri women were severely criticised by the opposition and rights activists.