Fifty-five-year-old Pathutty from Kerala's Malappuram district, along with three other women from her extended family are preparing themselves for their Haj travel this year. Pathutty has never travelled outside Kerala and even within the state, she never travelled by herself. But she is among the 1,300 women from India, who will be traveling for Haj from India, without a mahram (an adult, male relative or husband). "For the last four years, I have given my name with few other women and mahram...but didn't get. This year, someone told us if you all apply without mahram category, you may get. I am so happy that finally we have made it through to the final list," she said.