Lucknow: Tourists wearing shorts and indecent clothes will no longer be able to enter the Imambara complex in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The Lucknow district administration has decided on the suggestion of Muslim religious leaders that tourists will be able to enter the Imambara complex by wearing dignified clothes. According to DM Kaushalraj Sharma, the responsibility of monitoring will be given to the security guards and CCTV cameras will also be installed. There will also be no professional photography and shooting at the Imambara complex.
It may be mentioned that Lucknow, the capital of UP, is called the city of Mughal heritage. Imambara is one of the many heritages of the Mughals located here. In 2014 too, the rules for women to enter large and small imams with their heads were enforced, after strong protests by the Shia community in 2015 that authorities had framed rules to lock the doors of big and small imambara, a dress code, and so on. They lasted for a few days but were later forgotten.
Describing the shooting of photoshoots and films at the Big Imambara complex a few days ago as "unholy", Syed Mohammad Haider immediately ask PM Modi, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel, Archaeological Survey officials, district administration and police to look into matter. Syed Mohammed Haider says, "There was dissatisfaction among the Shia community and heritage-loving people due to indecent clothes, photoshoots and obscene acts in the premises, as well as the presence of the Asafi Masjid in Imambara.