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Jama Masjid Prohibits Entry Of Women Without Men

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Delhi Commission for Women’s Chairperson, Swati Maliwal, said that she will issue a notice to Jama Masjid over the ban on women in the masjid complex

New Delhi: The Jama Masjid Mosque Management Committee has banned women or groups of women from entering without men into the mosque complex. Masjid Committee in its order said that for women to gain access to the Jama Masjid complex, they need to be accompanied by a male member of their family. Few days back, the notice announcing the ban was put up on the entrance gates of Jama Masjid.

Delhi Commission for Women’s Chairperson, Swati Maliwal, said that she will issue a notice to Jama Masjid over the ban on women in the masjid complex. She added that no one has the right to issue such a ban.

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She tweeted, “The decision to stop the entry of women in Jama Masjid is absolutely wrong. As much as a man has the right to worship, so also a woman. I am issuing notice to the Imam of Jama Masjid. No one has the right to ban the entry of women like this.”

Meanwhile, Sabiullah Khan, the Public Relations Officer for Jama Masjid defended Masjid’s move. He said, “The ban is to prevent women shooting videos for social media as it disturbs the people who are there to offer namaaz. No restrictions on families or married couples.”

Reports indicate there are already signs outside the masjid informing visitors that unaccompanied women are not allowed.

Each of the three entrances reportedly have such a signboard; each says, “Girls/women are not allowed to enter Jama Masjid alone.”

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