The Union Minister noted that last year's Hajj yatra was special for Muslim women from India as more than 4,300 such women went on the annual pilgrimage without a Mehram (male guardian).
On Tuesday, Union Minister Smriti Irani announced the issuance of the Hajj policy for 2024 by the Indian government, with application forms now accessible for prospective pilgrims. She highlighted the noteworthy occurrence of last year's Hajj pilgrimage for Muslim women from India, with over 4,300 women participating without a Mehram (male guardian).
"We welcomed Saudi Arabia's Minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. The Indian Government has released the Hajj policy for 2024, and the application form is open for interested individuals. Last year, 47 percent of Hajis were women," conveyed Union Minister Smriti Irani to ANI.
She emphasized that more than 4,300 women completed the Hajj without a male guardian, aligning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to special arrangements for Divyang citizens. Discussions with the Saudi Arabian minister focused on women's security and facilities for Divyang travelers.
PM Modi, during the 103rd episode of his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat,' commended the Hajj pilgrimage by Muslim women without male companions as a "significant transformation." He acknowledged receiving numerous letters from these women, expressing their experiences and celebrating the special journey undertaken by over 4,000 women.
Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, holds profound significance for Muslims worldwide. Beyond its spiritual importance, the journey symbolizes unity, as believers from diverse backgrounds unite in the sacred land of Makkah to perform rituals together. It reflects a shared purpose, bringing people from different walks of life to embrace equality and unity before Allah.