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"For the first time, Muslim women from India will go to Haj without 'Mehram' (male companion). Separate accommodation and transport has been arranged for these women. Women 'Haj Assistant' will be deployed for their assistance," Naqvi said.
Naqvi said the officials from both countries would discuss all formalities and technicalities to re-start the policy in the coming years.
"Saudi Arabia gives green signal for India's decision to revive option of Haj pilgrimage through sea route also & officials from both countries will discuss on all formalities & technicalities so that it can be re-started in coming years," Naqvi tweeted.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Haj Dr Abdul Fattah Mashat, Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed, Consul General Md Noor Rahman Sheikh and other senior officials from both sides, the local media reported.
"It had come to our notice that if a Muslim woman wants to go on Hajj, she must have a 'Mehram' or a male guardian, otherwise she cannot travel. This is a discriminatory practice, and hence we have changed this rule," he said.
A total of 1,70,000 Indian pilgrims are expected to travel for Haj in 2018.
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