No Lottery Requirement For Women Wanting To Go For Haj Without Male Guardian: Govt

| January 1 , 2018 , 12:15 IST

After announcing that women wanting to go for the Haj pilgrimage may go without 'Mehram' male guardians, the government has announced that women wanting to go for Haj independently would not be required to be screened through the lottery system.

Currently, Haj pilgrims are shortlisted every year through a computerised lottery system.

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In a decision hailed as "historic", the Centre is now for the first time allowing women pilgrims above the age of 45 to undertake the Haj pilgrimage in groups of at least 4 without a Mehram, which refers to a male a woman cannot marry in her life such as father, brother or sons.

Around 1,300 women have so far applied to make the pilgrimage next year to Saudi Arabia without 'Mehram', Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

"After PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji's suggestion, I assure that those about 1,300 women, who have applied to go for Haj without 'Mehram', will be exempted from the lottery system and allowed to proceed on Haj," Naqvi tweeted.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has been making attempts to take up issues faced by Muslim women. Recently, the Triple Talaq Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, another moved hailed by Muslim women, which outlaws the practice of granting divorce instantaneously by saying the word 'talaq' thrice.