Is it just me or is this case a weird gender double standard?
She’s 59, he’s 22 and fighting to stay in NZ
A couple’s age gap of nearly 40 years is being cited as one of the reasons Immigration New Zealand declined an Indian man’s visa application – a move he says is “ageist”.
Balwinder Singh, 22, met New Zealander Glyn Kessell, 59, at a hair salon in Glenfield last year.
The relationship started with texts, progressed to “intimacy” within three weeks and then marriage two months later.
Mr Singh said he was “madly, passionately in love” with his wife and the relationship had “hit off right from the start”.
But officials do not believe the partnership is genuine and stable.
What is the real issue here? I see old white men walking hand in hand with much younger asian women all the time in Central Auckland, society doesn’t blink an eyelid at that, yet the idea a younger man might find an older woman attractive enough to fall in love and marry them is a suspicious move that must be investigated?
How many times do Immigration investigate those older white chaps and their new brides from overseas? Doesn’t this reek of a double standard?
I get the feeling that it’s our cultural norms dictating this investigation rather than any genuine concerns. Aren’t we really revealing what we think of older women here?
It smells bad.