New Delhi: Asaduddin Owaisi, the MP from Hyderabad and the AIMIM chief has tried to put the record straight by saying that it is Saudi government that has allowed the Muslim women to perform Haj without male relatives. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had claimed yesterday in his address that he was aghast to know that Muslim women were not allowed to go for Haj alone and that he changed the law to enable them to perform Haj without being accompanied by their husbands or other relatives.
It should be kept in mind that the Saudi government allowed women above 45 years of age to visit without male relatives if they come in group of four women. Younger women than 45 years of age cannot go for Haj without being accompanied by husbands or blood relatives.
While taunting Modi, the AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that it was not the decision of the Modi government, but that of the Saudi government. “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.
While speaking on the issue, Prime Minister had said on Sunday, “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.