Not Modi, but Saudi authorities allowed women to travel for Haj without male guardian, says Owaisi

"It is the Saudi Haj authorities that have allowed any Muslim women above 45 years from any country without a Mehram to do Haj," said Owaisi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 1, 2018 8:23 pm
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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday for his comment that Muslim women above 45 years could travel for Haj without a male guardian. He slammed Modi for allegedly claiming that his government has removed the discriminatory restriction.

“It is the Saudi Haj authorities that have allowed any Muslim women above 45 years from any country without a Mehram to do Haj. It does not behove the PM to take credit for what a foreign govt has done,” Owaisi said.

According to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, now Muslim women aged above 45 will be allowed to go for the pilgrimage without ‘mehram’ in a group of at least four. PM Modi, in his monthly radio address of ‘Mann ki baat’, said removal of the restriction of having a male guardian or ‘mehram’ may appear as a “small thing”, but such issues “have a far reaching impact on our image as a society”. Calling it discriminatory and unjust, he said his government has removed the restriction following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage. This year as many as 1,300 women have applied to travel to Haj without a male guardian, he said

The PM had on Sunday expressed his initial shock and amazement at the rule when he had first heard of it. “Why this discrimination? And when I went into the depth of the matter I was surprised to find that even after 70 years of our independence, we were the ones who had imposed these restrictions. For decades, injustice was being rendered to Muslim women but there was no discussion on it,” he said.

He further claimed to have suggested the Ministry of Minority Affairs to ensure that all women who have applied to travel alone be allowed to perform Haj. “Usually there is a lottery system for selection of Haj pilgrims but I would like that single women pilgrims should be excluded from this lottery system and they should be given a chance as a special category,” he said.

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  1. NP Nair
    Jan 3, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    Mr.Owaisi,If Muslim women are allowed alone to do hajj pilgrimage by Soudi,India can not allow them ? What a silly politician u are ! If Soudi is better than India pl go with ur people to Soudi and settle there.! We will be very much thankful to u and ur people.!!
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    1. Dr. Manoj Chakravarty
      Jan 2, 2018 at 7:02 am
      Owaisi is absolutely correct. It is the Saudi government that sets the strict rules for Haj. Not country has the power or guts to do otherwise. Until and unless Saudi relaxes the rules of guardianship, India has no power to do anything. The PM's constant attempt at misinformation appears childish at best.
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      1. Parvathi Ambati
        Jan 2, 2018 at 6:55 am
        Owaisi ji but women alone Haj rule was passed by NaMo. Why not in last 70 years.? You opposed triple talaq !
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        1. Jan 2, 2018 at 6:15 am
          Modi is fooling and misleading not only the Muslims of India but also the Hindu community. He thinks the public is foolish. Till now his wife is waiting for justice which he is ignoring. How can he approve who can go for Haj and who cannot? Saudi is responsible. Not Modi.
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          1. Manikyam Koppolu
            Jan 2, 2018 at 4:23 am
            “It is the Saudi Haj authorities that have allowed any Muslim women above 45 years from any country without a Mehram to do Haj. It does not behove the PM to take credit for what a foreign govt has done,” Owaisi said. This is totally confusing and a question arises to Owaisi, what right the Saudi Haj authorities hold on other countries' Muslim women? Based on Saudi Haj authorities Owaisi attacking Modi is silly and exposes his reservedness. Modi's action is for India and a credit for Muslim women nothing to do Saudi Haj authorities. Let Owaisi be clear.
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            1. Safi Hasan
              Jan 2, 2018 at 5:50 am
              Mr. Koppolu Event name Haj and Umrah takes place in Saudi Arabia, so their haj authority dictates who can come and who dont, no matter what country pilgrims come from. Before Saudis it was under Ottomons rule from 1517 AD with same rules of mehram and parda. Thx
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