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Women to now travel for Haj without 'mehram', confirms Naqvi

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Muslim women of have been allowed to travel for without a 'Mehram', or a male guardian, tweeted, on Monday.

A bilateral agreement was signed in connection with 2018 during the meeting between and Saudi Arabia's and Dr

"For the first time, Muslim women from 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," said.

He further said had given a green signal for India's decision to revive the option of sending pilgrims via sea route for Haj.

Naqvi said the officials from both countries would discuss all formalities and technicalities to re-start the policy in the coming years.

"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.

Naqvi met with Benten at his office in on Sunday for signing the annual Haj agreement.

The meeting was attended by of Haj Dr Abdul Fattah Mashat, Indian Ahmad Javed, and other senior officials from both sides, the reported.

Earlier, Minister said the "discriminatory" practice of Muslim women being barred from travelling for Haj without a 'Mehram' or male guardian was abolished.

Addressing the nation through the 39th edition of his 'Mann ki Baat' radio programme, Minister Modi said around 1,300 women have applied to travel for Haj without a male guardian.

"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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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 15:29 IST
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