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Owaisi trashes PM's claim on Haj journey of Muslim women

Hyderabad, Jan 1 (IANS): MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday rejected claims by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he had facilitated Muslim women's travel for Haj without 'Mahram'.

The Hyderabad MP said that a regulation by Haj authorities of Saudi Arabia was in force for many years which allow women above the age of 45 years to perform Haj without a 'Mahram' if they travel with a group.

He told reporters here that women above 45 years of age from Indonesia, Malaysia and several other countries had been performing Haj under this Saudi regulation.

'Mahram' is a male relative of a woman with whom she is permanently forbidden to marry by Islam.

Modi in his 'Mann Ki Baat' speech on Sunday had said that his government had removed the restriction which allows Muslim women to perform Hajj only in the company of 'Maharam'. He had stated that injustice was done to women for decades.

"It has become the habit of the Prime Minister to claim credit for everything. If tomorrow women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to drive, he will claim credit for the same," he said.

The MP said if Modi had so much concern for Muslim women, he should do justice to Zakia Jafri, widow of former MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

"This is all tokenism. If Modi is really concerned about Muslim women, he should provide 7 percent reservation for them in education. He has two-third majority in Parliament and he can bulldoze a bill in this regard," the MP said

On the passing of a bill in Lok Sabha over triple talaq, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President said that if it became a legislation, it would be the biggest injustice to Muslim women.

He argued that since marriage in Islam was a civil contract, there could be no penal provision. He also pointed out that the Supreme Court in its order on the issue did not ask the government to bring a criminal law.

"The government is saying that Muslim countries have banned triple talaq but the fact is that there is no penal provision in any Muslim country."

Owaisi alleged that the real objective of the government was to do away with all forms of talaq and snatch Sharia from Muslims.

The MP said abandonment of married women was a bigger problem than divorce.

"The rate of abandonment is twice the rate of divorce. There are 24 lakh abandoned women and they include 20 lakh Hindu women, two lakh Muslim and 90,000 Christian women," he said.

"The married women should get their right to live with their husbands whether they are in Gujarat or in Delhi," he said.

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  • Shridhar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    If you tell Talaq to your wife you will be punished.., instead if you abandon your wife you can become PM.. Choice is yours..

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  • Indian, Abudhabi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    The PM is openly telling lie. The restriction for travel with male relative for women below 45 years is from Saudi Govt. If he is really doing a favour to muslims women, let him remove the restriction for women alone who are below 45 years. It's certain he can not do it. Why the PM is telling open lie and fooling the people?

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    kuch kam nahi hai bhai ......

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  • ALTAF, Dubai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    I am not a supporter of Owaisi. But his comments on "Muslim women's travel for Haj without 'Mahram" is not to be ignored.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    India is said to be the home of the largest number of widows in the world, followed by China.
    As per Census 2011, there were 5.6 crore widows, which was 4.6% of the entire population of the country. Around 10% of them were in the age group of 10-39 years and 32% in the age group of 40-59 years. India is said to be the home of the largest number of widows in the world, followed by China with around five crore widows. The Census 2001 had recorded only 18.5 lakh widows in the country.
    Hardly can one question the PM’s concern about a section of women in the country. But one will certainly be wondering why he is not giving such attention to the widows that constitute a far bigger portion of the women population than those facing Triple Talaq or going on Haj. The population of 6 crore widows belongs to various faiths including Muslim but their huge majority are indeed Hindu.

    But the reality is that the credit for ammendment in Haj regulations goes to Saudi Arabia, not India. “Any woman over the age of 45 may travel without a Mahram with an organized group, provided she submits a letter of no objection from her Mahram authorizing her to travel for Hajj with the named group. This letter should be notarized,” said Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s guidelines for the Islamic pilgrimage.

    Four days before the last Independence Day, the Supreme Court of India had expressed deep concern over the plight of thousands of widows in the Hindu holy town of Vrindavan and crores of others across the country. The highest court of the land went ahead setting up a committee to suggest measures to rehabilitate the widows abandoned by their family members and even asked the government to promote widow marriage.
    Will PM Modi now for 6 crore Hindu widows?
    Jai Hind

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  • Abhi, Kudla

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Burnol moment for Owaisi

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  • Amith, USA

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Owaisi is a BJP agent. There won't be any chance for BESHARAM JANARA PARTY in front of Siddu, that's why his party MIM decided to contest in Karnataka assembly election to eat up the Muslim votes and facilitate the BESHARAM JANARA PARTY'S candidate to win.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Most of the bhaktha believe whatever they receive in their social media forward paid by BJP IT cell from Delhi. They have least knowledge in Islamic Holy Quran and its teachings.
    Likewise BJP wants PM Modi to keep the pot boiling till the General elections by interfering in the teaching of Islam and Muslim contradicting with fundamental right provided in the constitution of India.
    Mann-ki- baat copied from former US President Obama era reading from the script written is the only hope of the party. If one scroll to the Kingdom prerequisite for Haj qualification for women PM Modi lies can be busted in moment.
    The policy paralysis government which failed in all front have nothing to show to citizen's of India. It is easy to deflect from real issues by raising Muslims issue time to time from the current affairs.
    I am not fan of Owaisi's but his argument are correct in the light of Haj claims of Muslims women. PM Modi should understand the meaning of 'EMPOWERMENT' first rather than preaching sermons.

    God devotes an entire chapter of the Quran, the holy book of Islam, to women. In addition, God directly addresses women repeatedly throughout the Quran. They were given rights, fairness, justice, and were held in high esteem. Allah orders proper treatment and deference to women in the Quran in Chapter An-Nisa (4:1):
    “The most complete believer in faith is the best in morals, and the best among you is the best to their wives.” (Tirmidhi)
    It is true that we all got away from the good teaching of our Holy books. Most of the time was dedicated on social media. It was not men's fault but lack of knowledge by not adhering to the teachings.
    PM Modi's argument is just like single women going to 'Kumbh mela' between millions of naked Sadhus or pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatra.
    Can BJP and PM Modi will explain how single women is comfortable in the companion of stranger i?
    What is 'women empowerment' stand for BJP for Muslims of India?
    Jai Hind

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Mann ki baat is a deliberate attempt to divert from the real issues which he is utterly failed to deliver. Jo insaan apne biwi ka nahi raha toh phir kisk naari ka rahega? Person who cannot even give justice to his wife on the first place, how can one trust he is shedding genuine tears or crockodile tears over muslim women empoweement....
    Each and every points quesiones by Owaisi are valid.

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  • dinky, q8

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    moshu .
    owasi is desh drohi. he just praises muslim. he is flop lawyer. just for muslim votes, he comes in media. he lives lavish life. he njoys western culture. just eye wash he plays muslim raga..he is hitch muslim like ARAB SHEIKH, when in europe they adopt all european style ,that too food tasy yummy non veg.

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    So what?

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  • Dinga, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Owaisi good going. U Have been hired by bjp.

    Modiji became pm because of u. Thank u owaisi. Keep the same work. This time ur installing candidate in Karnataka, for bjp to win

    Thank u very much owaisi goat face.

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  • Iruvar, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Who is this (Owaisi) thug?
    Making noise unnecessarily; did he ever speak about poor Hyderabadi girls married to old men's from Oman and getting abondoned later on?

    Beauty of our democracy and our constitution allows these thugs getting elected!

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  • mohammed, Khobar

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Let modi give justice to Balkis Rani... Can he give?????

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Nobody is against Islam and talaq, Just a backup law to stop misuse of talaq.
    Owaisi cannot guarantee 200 million Muslims are all God fearing. If the marriage is not working then file for a divorce legally..

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    That is Modi f you taking credit for everything that is already there but unknown to the comman people. As such Modi has not done anything by deeds just only blabbering. Just as Owaisi said if Modi wants to do something for Muslim women then why is he is not giving reservations in education and parliament also why he is putting restrictions on eating beef on Muslim women???. This triple Talaaq is just another way by BJP to pressurize Muslim men to subdue and yield.

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  • Shaji, Calicut

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Dear Vijay, you are like a frog in a well. Plese come out and see. Dont say anyting that you dont know. Know the truth and speak. Dont be a blind plus deaf though you have eyes and ear. I am sorry for you. You are very weak. Please consult a doctor. God bless you.

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  • vijay, belle

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    owaisis dont want freedom for muslim women. he wants muslim women only inside house wearing burkha nd closing their mouth. he wants as a slave only seems

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