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Pregnant women barred from Hajj

 2016-04-08 04:41:26.0

hajjTahlka news Bureau, Bareilly:�Women who are pregnant at the time of filing application and complete four months of pregnancy in September, when Hajj�pilgrimage�begins, will no longer be allowed to proceed, a latest directive of the Central Haj Committee stated. If a woman tries to hide her pregnancy, they can be de-boarded from the flight, say Haj officials. However, it is not clear who will check their pregnancy status in-flight. 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, Bareilly Haj Sewa Samiti secretary Nazim Beg said. 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, TOI reported. 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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