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Modi lied about Muslim women going on Haj alone: Congress

india Updated: Jan 02, 2018 22:16 IST
Agencies, New Delhi
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Pilgrims wave to relatives and friends at Taj-ul-masajid transit point before leaving for Haj in Bhopal.(HT File Photo)

The Congress on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying that the government has removed the restriction and will now allow Muslim women to travel to Haj without a male attendant.

“PM caught lying once again! Lie: Mann Ki Baat - 31 Dec - Muslim Women can now perform Haj without a male member.

“Truth: Saudi Arabia in 2015 - Women below 45 years can’t do Haj without male companion. Women above 45 can do Haj in group of four,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

Modi announced on Sunday that the government had changed the law by permitting Muslim women to travel for the annual Haj pilgrimage without any male attendant.

Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi took a swipe at those opposing the Modi government’s decision to allow women to go for Haj without ‘Mehram’ (male guardian), saying they were suffering from the “chronic disease of anti-women mindset”.

“Those who are opposing the Modi government’s decision to lift ban on women going for Haj without ‘Mehram’, are suffering from chronic disease of anti-women mindset,” Naqvi said in a statement.

First Published: Jan 02, 2018 17:00 IST