PM trying to take undue credit on Women Haj pilgrims: Cong, Owaisi

  • PM trying to take undue credit on Women Haj pilgrims: Cong, Owaisi

PM trying to take undue credit on Women Haj pilgrims: Cong, Owaisi

Hailing the efforts of social reformers like Raja Rammohan Roy, Savitri Bai, Jyotiba Phule, Ishwarchand Vidyasagar and Dayanand Saraswati, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that their "souls" will be happy as India took a massive step towards empowerment of Muslim women.

He told reporters here that women above 45 years of age from Indonesia, Malaysia and several other countries had been performing Haj under this Saudi regulation.

Keeping a focused approach to empower women in general and especially the Muslim women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said "single Muslim women" keen for going to Haj pilgrimage should be excluded from lottery system and given chance as "special category" case.

Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that those opposing the triple talaq bill are the ones who have used Muslims as their vote bank.

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. "If tomorrow women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to drive, he will claim credit for the same", he said. "The prime minister wants to take credit on every issue", Owaisi said.

The MP said if Modi had so much concern for Muslim women, he should do justice to Zakia Jafri, widow of former MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

She says that by allowing private airlines to ply on this route, competition would bring down the fares, making them cost-effective and thus, making Hajj affordable for many more Indian Muslims. "For decades, injustice was being rendered to Muslim women but there was no discussion on it", he said in his broadcast.

He argued that since marriage in Islam was a civil contract, there could be no penal provision.

"The government is saying that Muslim countries have banned triple talaq but the fact is that there is no penal provision in any Muslim country".

"The rate of abandonment is twice the rate of divorce". However, this will be applicable for Indian Muslim women only in 2018.

"It should be our constant endeavour that our women also get equal rights and equal opportunities just like men get so that they can proceed simultaneously on the path of progress", he said.