Updated: Thu, 24 Nov 2022 06:38 PM IST
AFTER the Jama Masjid administration in Delhi imposed a ban on the entry of girls or women coming alone to the mosque on Thursday, Imam Bukhari has agreed to revoke the order, with the request that visitors respect and maintain the sanctity of the Mosque. This came after the Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena spoke to Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam and requested him to rescind the order restricting the entry of women into Jama Masjid, Raj Niwas sources were quoted saying by ANI.
Earlier the day, speaking about the same to the news agency ANI, Sabiullah Khan, Jama Masjid PRO said that "The ban has not been imposed on the women in general but only on those who make it a 'meeting point', do 'improper act' inside the religious premises, or make videos."
#WATCH| Delhi|Women's entry not banned. When women come alone-improper acts done, videos shot,ban is to stop this. No restrictions on families/married couples.Making it a meeting point inapt for religious places:Sabiullah Khan,Jama Masjid PRO on entry of women coming alone banned pic.twitter.com/HiOebKaiGr— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2022
"Families and married couples are allowed. But making it a making point like a garden, making TikTok videos, is not appropriate for any religious place either it's a mosque, temple or a gurudwara," he said.
Delhi | Jama Masjid administration issues an order, imposing a ban on the entry of girls/women coming alone or in a group.— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2022
PRO Sabiullah Khan says, "There is no restriction on girls/women coming with families, no restriction on married couples either." pic.twitter.com/V7g5OvZWnh
He also mentioned that the main reason why the ban have been imposed is that "we believe that a mosque is place to worship and it must be used only for that," said Sabibullah.
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal called the decision 'wrong' and issued a notice to the Imam of Jama Masjid.
जामा मस्जिद में महिलाओं की एंट्री रोकने का फ़ैसला बिलकुल ग़लत है। जितना हक एक पुरुष को इबादत का है उतना ही एक महिला को भी। मैं जामा मस्जिद के इमाम को नोटिस जारी कर रही हूँ। इस तरह महिलाओं की एंट्री बैन करने का अधिकार किसी को नहीं है।— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) November 24, 2022
Taking to Twitter Swati wrote, "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," she wrote.
According to the notice, "The Jama Masjid in Delhi is a historical mosque and women have been going there for performing religious practices without any restriction since ages. Preventing women to freely entering and practice their religion in the mosque is highly discriminatory and an extremely regressive practice as a place of worship should be open to everyone, regardless of their gender. Such an order is clearly misogynistic and against the ethos of the Constitution of India."
Swati Maliwal, Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women issues notice to the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi taking cognizance of the recent restriction on entry of women coming alone or in a group in Jama Masjid pic.twitter.com/0I84zW1NQ0— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2022
"It is therefore strongly recommended that the ban be immediately withdrawn," the notice added.
(With inputs from ANI)