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Religious Duty To Protect Honour Of Kashmiri Women: Sikh Clergy Issues Statement After Sexist Remarks From Politicians

"The kind of commands given by elected representatives on social media against the girls of Kashmir after the removal of special status under Section 370 is not only defamatory but also unforgivable."

On Friday, August 9, an Akal Takht Jathedar (clergy) urged the Sikh community to come forward and make it their “religious duty” to defend and protect the honour of Kashmiri women. The Jathedar’s statement comes in light of political leaders and others on the social media humiliating Kashmiri women after the Centre’s bid to amend Article 370. An immediate effect of the August 5 move has been the circulation of messages on social media and WhatsApp about the mainlanders’ right to marry Kashmiri women, something that has also been repeated and joked about by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.

Per an Indian Express report, Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said in a statement, “God has given equal rights to all human beings, and it is a crime to differentiate against anyone on the basis of gender, caste or religion. The kind of commands given by elected representatives on social media against the girls of Kashmir after the removal of special status under Section 370 is not only defamatory but also unforgivable.”

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Singh further said, “The manner in which some people are posting pictures of Kashmiri daughters on social media has hurt India’s image. Such comments objectify women. At the same time, these people have forgotten that a woman is also a mother, daughter, sister and wife. It is women who have the power of creation”.

Without naming any person or community, He said, “Kashmiri women are part of our society. It is our religious duty to defend their honour. Sikhs should come forward to protect the honour of Kashmiri women. It is our duty, and it is our history.”

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