Delhi’s Jama Masjid’s ban on the entry of a single or unaccompanied girl withdrawn by Imam Bukhari after protests

New Delhi –  The historic Jama Masjid had banned a single girl or group of girls from entering its premises without a man. A notice about this decree was written at the mosque’s entrance. The administration of the mosque was heavily criticised for the ban. The Chairperson of the National Commission for Women Swati Maliwal issued a notice to the mosque administration regarding this decree. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad also opposed it. Delhi’s Deputy Governor requested Imam Bukhari after which this order was withdrawn.

1. Sabiullah a spokesperson for the mosque said that a mosque is a place for prayer & worship; but young women come here to walk, chat, dance and take pictures. Such acts should not be done in any religious place, be it a mosque, a Temple or a Gurudwara. Its sanctity and its limits must be maintained. Hence women can come with their families or with their men there is no ban on such women.

(Credit : India Today)

2. Vinod Bansal the spokesperson for the VHP has tweeted that, Fundamentalist Muslims who have a Syrian mindset want to make India as the next Syria, but they do not learn from the events unfolding in Iran. They should remember that this is India.

Editorial viewpoints

  • If such a ban would have been imposed in a temple, then all the pro(reg)gressives of this country would have moved heaven and earth to cry hoarse about it. But since this is a mosque they are silent.
  • Now where is Rupali Chakankar the Chairperson of the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission who allowed Tripti Desai, to carry out protests asking for entry to the sanctum of Shanishinganapur and later questioned H.H Bhideguruji to clarify his statement on wearing Bindis ?

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