New Delhi: During the 103rd episode of his monthly radio broadcast, ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the significant transformation in the Hajj pilgrimage for Muslim women from India. He expressed joy upon receiving numerous letters from Muslim women who had undertaken the Hajj pilgrimage this year without a male guardian (Mehram).
PM Modi noted that more than 4,000 Muslim women embarked on the pilgrimage without a Mehram, a practise that was not allowed earlier. He termed this development a “huge transformation” and thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for making it possible. He acknowledged the special appointment of women coordinators to assist women pilgrims during Hajj.
This year, 4,314 Muslim women from India performed the Hajj rituals at Mecca in Saudi Arabia, as per an official statement. The Saudi Arabian government announced in October 2022 that a male blood relative (Mehram) would no longer be required to accompany a woman pilgrim from any part of the world.
PM Modi also spoke about the upcoming ‘Meri Mati Mera Desh’ campaign, which will be launched on the occasion of Independence Day. This campaign aims to honour the martyred brave men and women. As part of this initiative, special inscriptions will be installed in numerous village panchayats across the country. Additionally, an ‘Amrit Kalash Yatra’ will be organised, carrying soil in 7,500 urns from all corners of the country to be used in creating a garden near the National War Memorial in Delhi.
The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of curbing drug abuse and shared that more than 11 crore people have been connected with the ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’ (Drug-Free India Campaign) launched on August 15, 2020. Recently, India took significant action against drug trafficking, seizing and destroying large quantities of drugs, setting a unique record of destroying 10 lakh kg of drugs worth over ₹12,000 crore.