New Delhi: The Jumma Masjid, built during the Mughal period in the 17th century, is located in Chandni Chowk, Delhi. Thousands of devotees and tourists visit here.
In this case, a notice was placed outside its 3 main entrances a few days ago. It stated that women are prohibited from entering alone or in groups.
Women’s rights activist Ranjana Kumari says, “This is completely unacceptable. What a 10th century mindset this is. It is a democratic country. How can they stop women?” said.
Another women’s rights activist Yogita Payana says, “This order takes us back 100 years. “This is not only regressive but also shows the attitude of these religious groups towards women.”
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shaki Imam of Jumma Masjid, said, “This decision was taken after some incidents happened in this heritage complex. It is a place of worship. People are welcome to this. But girls come alone and wait for their boyfriends. So the restriction was imposed.
A mosque, temple or gurudwara is a place of worship. There is no obstacle for those who come for this purpose,” he said.
In this case, Deputy Governor of Delhi VK Saxena spoke to Jumma Masjid Shahi Imam about this issue yesterday. The imam then agreed to withdraw the ban on women entering the mosque.
Women’s Commission: Earlier, Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal said that they are going to send a notice asking for an explanation on this issue.