According to the order issued by the commissioner and secretary of general administration Manoj Dwivedi, any stranger married to a native will be eligible to apply for a certificate of domicile based on the status of the domicile of the husband or wife. Until now, native women married to non-Kashmiris could only have their children request residency certificates.
The documents required for the issuance of a residence certificate to either non-native spouse include the couple’s documents and valid proof of marriage. The designated authority for issuing a certificate is the tehsildar.
Until sections 370 and 35A were repealed, there was no provision for the issuance of permanent residence certificates to husbands of native women married outside of J&K. This had created a situation where a local man who married outside of J&K could confer permanent residence on his wife, while local women married outside would lose their rights.
J&K BJP President Ravinder raina he called the change “a landmark decision to end the injustice inflicted on J&K girls by previous governments.”
Former BJP Senior Deputy Minister and Senior Official Kavinder Gupta said: “Starting today, our daughters and their spouses will be able to obtain property rights to their existing properties, in addition to the properties they now buy from J&K.”