A change in tradition. With the new rules allowing women to visit Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia, without the mandatory male companion if they are in a group of four, a group of sixteen women left Maharashtra this week. Another group of women from Nagpur, Wardha and Mumbai are travelling with companions whom they saw for the first time at a meeting that took place ahead of Hajj.
Acceding to reports provided by the minority affairs ministry of Saudi Arabia, around 1,300 women will travel to Hajj for the first time without a mehram. 1,000 come from Kerala.
However, religious leaders are divided over the new rule.
Sixteen women leaving for Hajj without a Mehram