Allowing women to go for Hajj sans Mehram giving positive results: Naqvi

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Dec 14 2017 11:43PM | Updated Date: Dec 14 2017 11:43PM
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The government’s decision to lift a ban on Muslim women undertaking Hajj pilgrimage without ‘Mehram’ (a male companion) has generated “positive” results, union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Thursday.

According to a statement, Naqvi made the comments while referring to a “large number” of applications the Hajj Committee of India (HCoI) has received under the category.

Under the category, Muslim women aged above 45 will be allowed to go for the pilgrimage without ‘Mehram’ in a group of at least four.

“The Narendra Modi government’s decision to lift the ban concerned has generated very positive results as Muslim women, from across the country, are applying in a large number under this category,” the statement quoted Naqvi as saying.

“This is another important step towards women empowerment by the government,” Naqvi added.

The application process for Hajj 2018 started on November 15 and more than 1,000 women have applied under the category. PTI