The National Commission for Women (NCW) and the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) condemned Jama Masjid’s decision terming it repressive and unacceptable. Terming it a violation of women's rights DCW chief Swati Maliwal issued a notice to the Imam of Jama Masjid.
She said in a Twitter post, "The decision to stop the entry of women in Jama Masjid is absolutely wrong. As much as a man has the right to worship, so also a woman. I am issuing notice to the Imam of Jama Masjid."
The NCW also jumped in the controversy and asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to take appropriate action against the ban. "The diktat of Jama Masjid is gender-biased and is a violation of fundamental rights of the women worshippers to pray. Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs and Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Government of Delhi to take appropriate action in the matter and to ensure the right of women to practice religion as enshrined in the Constitution," the NCW said in its statement.
The commission has also written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to look into the matter and take appropriate measures, it said.