Published On: Thu, Nov 24th, 2022

Shahi Imam takes a U-turn on women’s entry to Jama Masjid

New Delhi: Hours after Delhi’s popular Jama Masjid issued an order imposing a ban on the entry of women coming there alone or in groups on Thursday, Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam has agreed to withdraw the order restricting entry of women in the mosque.

Making it a meeting point is not apt for religious places

The withdrawal comes after Delhi Lieutenant General VK Saxena spoke to the Imam him and requested him to take back the decree, Raj Niwas sources said.

Shahi Imam Bukhari agreed to revoke the order, on the condition that visitors respect and maintain the sanctity of the mosque, as per the Raj Niwas sources. “When women come alone, improper acts are done, videos get shot, this ban is to stop all of that. Making it a meeting point is not apt for religious places. No restrictions are there on families or married couples,” Sabiullah Khan, Jama Masjid’s PRO said on the ban.

The Jama Masjid administration has also posted warning signs outside the mosque notifying tourists that girls are not allowed inside. The sign boards are located outside the mosque’s three entrances.

“Girls/women are not permitted to enter Jama Masjid alone,” read the signboards. However, women will be permitted to enter the Mosque with their husbands or families, according to the masjid administration.

The notices, which have no date, came up a few days ago outside the three main entry gates, sources in the administration said. However, it has come to attention only now.

The move has evoked a sharp response from several quarters with people calling it a “fundamentalist mentality.” Reacting to it, Delhi Commission for Women’s (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal issued a notice to the Imam of Jama Masjid, saying that “no one has the right to ban the entry of women like this.”

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