An decision has been taken to ban the entry of girls and women in the historic Jama Masjid of Delhi. This decision is from the mosque administration. According to the order issued by the mosque administration, there is a ban on the entry of girls alone or in groups in the mosque. A slip has also been pasted on the sign board outside the mosque.
Now there has been a ruckus regarding this. The Delhi Women’s Commission has issued a notice to Shahi Imam. Along with this, Delhi Women’s Commission Chairperson Swati Maliwal has clearly said that this is a shameful act. He said that this is India, not Iran. Swati Maliwal said that the Delhi Women’s Commission has issued a notice to the Shahi Imam. We want this unconstitutional act to end immediately.
Swati Maliwal further said that this is a very shameful and unconstitutional act. What do they think, it is not India but Iran that they will discriminate against women whenever they feel like it and no one will say anything to them. He clearly said that a woman has as much right to worship as a man has.
Notice was issued taking cognizance of the ban on the entry of women
Earlier, Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, had issued a notice to the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid taking cognizance of the recent ban on entry of women alone or in groups into Jama Masjid. Note that sign boards have been placed outside each of the three entrances to the mosque. “It is prohibited for girls/women to enter Jama Masjid alone.
Jama Masjid’s PRO Sabiullah Khan had said that the entry of single girls has been banned. The decision has been taken considering that it is a religious place. There is no restriction for those who worship. However, according to the mosque administration, women will be allowed to enter the mosque accompanied by their husbands or families.
After the order was issued, people took offense and even slammed the administration for its decree, terming it as a “radical mindset”. Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has also condemned the order and termed it as an “anti-women act”.