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2,300 Indian women to do Hajj without male companion

Under new policy, last year 1,300 Indian Muslim women did Hajj without male companion, and more expected this year

18.01.2019
2,300 Indian women to do Hajj without male companion

By Riyaz ul Khaliq

ANKARA 

Under a new policy, last year 1,300 Indian Muslim women went on pilgrimages to Mecca without a male companion, and in 2019, some 2,300 are expected to do the same, India’s right-wing government said Wednesday.

Last year was the first time since 1947 that any regime in India had allowed Muslim women to go on pilgrimages (Hajj) without a male companion.

Of India’s population of around 1.3 billion, some 14 percent are Muslim.

A record 175,025 Indian Muslims, including about 48 percent women (with and without male companions), performed the Hajj in 2018, according to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.


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