Pregnant Women Barred From Haj

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Bareilly: As per the latest directive by Central Haj Committee, women who are pregnant at the time of filing application and complete four months of pregnancy in September when Haj Yatra begins would not be allowed to proceed. Even if they hide this fact and proceed on Haj, they can be de-boarded from the flight if it is found that they have concealed the above fact, say Haj officials. It is not clear who will check their pregnancy status in-flight.

Bareilly Haj Sewa Samiti secretary Nazim Beg said, “This year the Haj pilgrimage is scheduled to start in September. It has been decided that pregnant women wishing to go on Haj should make sure that they have not completed four months of pregnancy at the time of leaving the country, failing which they would be barred from the pilgrimage.”

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The directive has come from the chief executive officer of Central Haj Committee, Ata-ur-Rehman, who has clearly asked such women to take back their money and cancel their seats.

When asked the rationale behind such step, Beg said, “It is in the interest of pregnant women. The first five days of Haj are a gruelling test of stamina and endurance of Hajis who have to move from one spot to other in quick succession. Besides, they are also supposed to make several rounds of the holy places as a part of the ritual. The decision has been taken in view of the safety and health of pregnant women.”

Bareilly Haj Sewa Samiti president and Baheri MLA, Ataur Rehman, said, “In case of labour pain, the Haj committee has to make arrangements for admitting the woman to hospital, which adds up to the expenses of the committee. This is the reason why we would ask such women to undergo mandatory medical check-up to ascertain the status of their pregnancy.”

Rehman added that the CHC has asked all centres in the country to convey the decision to all pregnant women who have applied for the Haj pilgrimage this year.

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