New Delhi: The L-G office, L-G VK Saxena spoke to Shahi Imam Bukhari and requested him to rescind the order. “Imam Bukhari has agreed to revoke the order, with the request that visitors respect and maintain the sanctity of the Mosque,” officials said.
The notices, which have no date, came up a few days ago outside the three main entry gates, sources in the administration. However, it has come to attention only now “Jama Masjid mein ladki ya ladkiyon ka akele daakhla mana hai (The entry of a girl, or girls (woman or women) is not permitted in Jama Masjid),” reads the notice by the administration.
According to Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam, the decision was taken after some “incidents” were reported on the premises of the heritage structure.
“Jama Masjid is a place of worship and people are welcome for that. But girls/women coming alone and waiting for their dates… this is not what this place is meant for. The restriction is on that,” Imam Bukhari.
“Any such place, be it a mosque, temple or gurudwara is a place of worship (ibadat ki jagah hai) and there is no restriction on anyone coming for that purpose. Just today, a group of 20-25 girls visited and they were allowed to enter,” Imam Bukhari added.
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal termed it a violation of women’s rights and said she was issuing a notice.
“It is completely wrong to ban the entry of women into Jama Masjid. Kind of rights a man has to pray for, women also have the same rights. I am issuing a notice to the imam of Jama Masjid. Nobody has the right to ban entry of women in this way,” she said on Twitter.
The 17th-century Mughal-era monument attracts thousands of devout as well as tourists.