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Government should ban the nonsense use of loudspeakers in mosques immediately.

Ban discriminatory, risk prone, disturbing and anti-Hindu loudspeakers in mosques.

Why Government should ban the nonsense use of loudspeakers in mosques and any illicit use of it in other religious and social programmes. 

~ Upananda Brahmachari.

Ban Jehadi Loudspeakers in MosquesIt goes without saying that the Government should impose a strict ban the use of loudspeakers during any religious functions violating the existing laws and making health hazards and utter discomfort by Mosque prayer calls (5 times a day on regular basis, made of any other group of Hindus (i.e the bhajan and kirtans) and the use of high volume speakers during marriage functions, sports, mela etc. unreasonably. But the question of loudspeakers in mosques is a bit more persistent as the marriages and bhajan-jagrans don’t happen on daily basis.

The unpleasant noise pollution of Mosque is repeatedly questioned as because a mosque blares loudspeaker 5 times every day. Same is not the case with temples or churches.  Masjids as well as temples or in fact, anybody (even private bodies) can make any amount of Noise in India. There is no absolute and uniformed legality to ban the noise pollution in India.  Different states have their separate regulatory acts and laws and obviously the political indulgence to violate such provisions.  The reason why Mosques (or temples or anybody) are allowed such noise pollution because we have spineless governments in different states and a nascent counterpart in the center, which in the name of religious freedom don’t even care about our privacy, peace, health, safety and security in general. And most of the populace too do support such decisions because for them anything is permissible, if it is even remotely religious and that has no divine sanction also.

Really, the time considerations of Azaan (Adhaan) are very bad. One Muslim young man writes in a internet social forum that, “first lets take the time into consideration…though the loudspeakers do one azaan (call for prayer) for barely 2 or 3 minutes, the timing is quite bad.. the fazr (morning) azaan is at 5 a.m(approximately)…now all of us are not early sleepers…i sleep between 12a.m to 1a.m(force of habit)…and i am forcibly awakened by the sound of azaan at 5 a.m…needless to say it ruins my entire day…now when i try to catch my sleep in the afternoon there is an azaan at 1 p.m, one at 4 p.m, one at 6 and one at 8 p.m (all approximate)…so there goes my afternoon nap…and if u have your exams (as i had my boards) the problem is intensified to a whole new level…besides i have 3 mosques (and one in construction) in a 200m radius around my house so its no longer 3 minutes but an annoying 9 minutes (the azaans rarely overlap)..plus sound from mosques that are a bit farther does manage to trickle in during the wee hours…and i am a young fellow (or so do i consider myself)…so i can only imagine the plight of the sick and the elderly..” Exactly the Azaan from Mosques create problem for all staying in different stages of life and occupation.

Is a prayer call through hi-fi sound system or in loud-speakers are too essential from a Mosque? Certainly not as it has no such mandate from any Islamic scriptures nor it has any historical legacy as such. We did not find common use of loud speaker in mosques for the purpose of Azaan (Adhaan) even after the 100 years of invention of loudspeakers (in 1876). It is 1977-1980, when Indian mosques started hectic use of loud speakers in large scale and certainly not before that. And the numbers of horns in the mosques minarets are gradually increasing day by day. If anyone thinks that the prospective Namazis (persons involved in Namaaz) are gradually losing their hearing capability and being deaf or it is case of sustainable hearing loss of Allah himself, so more and more horns are needed, that’s wrong. The loud-speakers of Mosques are really the ready tool of Jihad for spreading the message of it and to provoke the Muslims to start and make war against non Muslims in riot times.

Late night noise pollution has become a serious problem across India even though there is a Supreme Court, High Court Ban and central government ban on it.

The Calcutta high court on November, 21, 1996 banned the use of loudspeakers at all places of worship, irrespective of religion. A division bench of Justice Bhagabati Prasad Benerjee and Justice A.K. Chakraborty in their ruling stated that as India is a secular state the ban would cover all religions and steps to control noise pollution should cover all religious communities. The ban which minimised noise levels in the city during the durga-pujas and Kalipujas would also cover gurudwaras and Mosques all over West Bengal.

On December 25, 1996 in the evening Milad-un-nabi (religious programme) was held in the Masjid campus near Gate No.1, in Dum Dum Airport area of Calcutta when loudspeakers were used. Officials of the State Pollution Control Board arrived there and found that the sound of the mike-system was 85 decibel (65 decibel was the limit prescribed by the Court). The matter was reported to the High Court which issued a contempt of court notice against the Masjid committee for violating its order. On 31-1-1997 the court found them guilty and imposed a penalty of Rs.2500/- to be deposited with the board. To be absolutely fair it should be added that nearly two dozen Durgapuja, Kalipuja and Jagadhatripuja Committee of Calcutta, Howrah, South -24 Parganas and Hooghly districts also were charged with the contempt of court for violating the noise pollution order and fined Rs.1000/- each.

Mr. Jyoti Basu, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, held a meeting with religious leaders of the Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities at writers Buildings in Calcutta on March 6, 1997. Moulana Mohammad Shabbir of Nakhoda Mosque, Moulana Abdul Quyum, Imam of Solana Masjid and Moulana Masudi, member of the State Waqf Board attended.

The then Chief Minister informed them of the Calcutta High Court ban order and requested them to abide by it. The imams told Mr. Basu their problems in abiding by his request. While accepting the spirit of the judgement, they said that if they don’t use loudspeakers, the message of Azaan (call to prayer) will not reach the Muslims. If necessary, they would move the Supreme Court against the order, but would not tolerate any interference in Mosque affairs.

Though no Muslim forum reached the Supreme Court in this particular case, the then Left Front Govt. ignored the matter in the course of time. On the other hand Govt. imposed more restrictions upon Hindu Puja committees to get loud-speaker permission and even realized fines from many Hindu puja committees for the violation o noise pollution regulatory acts. This discrimination still persists.

In 2005, the Supreme court in ‘Re: Noise Pollution – Implementation of the Laws for Restricting Use of Loudspeakers and High Volume Producing Sound Systems’ case held that the right to life included the right to listen or not to listen any noise and no one could take shelter of the Indian constitution’s Art. 19 (1)(a) (freedom of expression) for creating noise. While stressing on the noise pollution created during night, the court defined ‘night’ as an intervening period between 10 pm to 6 am and imposed a complete ban on playing loud music or making any type of noise. [As reported in Reported in AIR 2005 SC 3136 : 2005 AIR SCW 3525 : (2005)6 SCC 109 vide: http://www.elaw.in/noise/noiseinre.htm ]

The central government, in 2009, brought a certain amendment in the Central Acts and Rules relating to environmental pollution showing some concern toward the rampant violation of noise pollution laws. Under the central rules prohibiting noise pollution, a penal provision of imprisonment for a period of five years or fine extending upto Rs. one lakh was introduced. The amendment made the offence of noise pollution non-bailable.

Recently, the central government while complying with the Supreme court’s directive after a lapse of four years made a provision in central acts prohibiting late night noise pollution by amplifiers, loudspeakers, music system etc. But there is still scant knowledge of such a ban among common people and even the law enforcement machinery of states has miserably failed to implement the provisions of the Central Act as well as the local Noise Control Act.

Most of the states are either having no such law or their noise control acts are still running inconsistent with the provisions of the Central Act and therefore noise pollution is still a bailable offence. Surprisingly, there is no enactment in any state of the country to effectively check late night noise pollution despite the 2005 directive of the Supreme court.

Although, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa have a specific legislation on noise pollution but their law is inconsistent with the central act. Where the Madhya Pradesh Control of Music and Noises Act, 1951 does not define as to what type of noise can be prohibited at night, the penalty is imprisonment for just one month and fine not exceeding Rs. 100. Similarly in Bihar and Orissa a penalty provision ranging from Rs. 100 to 250 has been made which makes noise pollution only a petty offence. Though, the Uttar Pradesh Nagar Mahapalika (Prohibition of Noise and Regulation of Loudspeakers) Rules, 1987 has restricted use of loudspeakers from 8 am to 10 pm but the punishment for violation at night is only a meager fine.

The Rajasthan Noises Control Act, 1963, though implemented, has left ‘loud noise’ and ‘prohibited noises’ undefined. Also, the law has not been updated in accordance with the latest amendment in the central act.

In its 2005 judgment, the Supreme Court took a note of the fact that the law relating to pollution and especially noise pollution was existing merely on statute books in the country. In its judgment imposing a ban on the use of firecrackers and making loud noise at ‘night’, the Supreme Court has held,”The issue of noise pollution in India has not been taken so far with that seriousness as it ought to have been. There is a lack of will on the part of the executive to implement the laws.”

THE NOISE POLLUTION (REGULATION AND CONTROL) RULES, 2000 clearly states that “Wheareas the increasing ambient noise levels in public places from various sources, inter-alia, industrial activity, construction activity, generator sets, loud speakers, public address terms, music systems, vehicular horns and other mechanical devices have mysterious effects on human health and the psychological well being of the people; it is considered necessary to regulate and control noise producing and venerating sources with the objective of maintaining the ambient air quality standards in respect of noise.” [vide: http://www.lawsindia.com/Industrial%20Law/K092.htm].

And this rules has clear restrictions in section 5, that,

“5.        Restrictions on the use of loud speakers/public address system. –

(l)       A loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used except after obtaining written permission from the authority. –

(2)      A loud speaker or a public address system shall not be used at night (between 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.) except in closed premises for communication within, e.g. auditoria, conference rooms, conference  rooms, community halls and banquet halls.”

In that case no Mosques have taken any permission from any administrative or police authority to use mosque loud-speakers and the early morning prayer call at fazr violates the restriction of timings. And obviously all the Mosques violates the permissible sound level of 65 dB(A) Leq in day time (6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.) and 55 dB(A) Leq in night time (10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.) in residential areas all along.

The Kerala High Court had, in a order in the recent past (Feb, 2013), asked the police to take strict action against the indiscriminate use of loudspeakers for religious purposes. “No religion prescribes performing prayers through amplifiers and the use of microphones and loudspeakers by religious denominations are to be within the limits prescribed under the Environmental Laws and Police Acts,” a division bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chelloor and Justice K. Vinod Chandran said in their decision on a public interest litigation (PIL) appeal. There are so many orders by the honorable courts, but it is utter lack of the authority to honor it.

So, the loud-speakers used in Mosques can be withdrawn for violating existing rules and regulations in force along with the breech of peace and causing health and occupational hazards in many ways. The violations in any form anywhere other than mosques must be restricted in same and non-discriminatory manner. Government should ban the use of loudspeakers in mosques and other illicit use of it any other religious programmes without delay.

 Related:: Hindus need to unite for removing hooters from mosques ! – Shiv Sena MLA Rajesh Kshirsagar: HJS Site.

Shun loudspeakers at mosques, says theologians’ body: The Hindu.

Rastriya Hindu Andolana staged a protest in front of the DC office here on May 25: Mangalorean .com.

20 comments on “Government should ban the nonsense use of loudspeakers in mosques immediately.

  1. gopala krishnan
    May 30, 2014

    jai sri ram–ban all loudspeaker menace of mosques immediately

      s.v.gopalakrishna

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  2. PRADEEP SINGH
    May 30, 2014

    No loud speakers are allowed in any religious places in USA

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  3. Anand, Madan
    May 30, 2014

    Yes No Loud Speakers in US at any Religious or Public Places. All activities remain indoors. Violators are seriously dealt with. How Law is enforced? Here is an example The Authorities only have to post following warning sign like this. For Example The Lane Change in Tunnels, Exits not allowed by Solid white line and the sign posted in Capital Letters says and I quote “IT IS UNLAWFUL TO CHANGE LANES IN THE TUNNEL” Unquote That’s it Koi maa Ka lal lane change nahin kar sakata chae kitani barhi tope kyone na ho.While there is no Cop around. The Word UNLAWFUL drives the FEAR. Sometime I return home middle of night and reached a Red Signal. I have to stop No matter what. There are other standing there waiting for the signal to turn green? No Cops around. Because people have respect for the LAW. Once again To enforce THE LAW The Government must be strict. If the Ministers are corrupt have criminal Records, How they can Enforce THE LAW. Hakoomat Dande aur Kalam ke jore se hoti hai. One needs GUTS. One more responsibility of a responsible administration is that It Must protect the Law Enforcement Officers, No matter what it takes.

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  4. mukundanpr
    May 30, 2014

    In Kerala you would find most of the temples and churches blaring out devotional songs early in the morning and evenings, which is not liked by many. In the early morning and evenings, many people want to silently meditate and the students want to concentrate on study, but these songs lacking taste blared through the loudspeakers addressed to innumerable deities in temples and churches disturb them. If there is a ban, it should be applicable to all including Muslims. Let these activities be restrained to the premises of temples, churches and mosques by using less volume sound systems.

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  5. Lambda Scorpio
    May 30, 2014

    We should continue to stick to the Calcutta High Court ruling at all costs, irrespective of religions. Why should Muslims be always given a privilege. They are the No.1 enemy of Hinduism and all Hindus should be aware of their Jehadists intention.

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  6. Ssdinesh Gopal
    May 31, 2014

    not alone the reason for ban should be air pollution, but the content of the call for prayer is against our belief. no one can compel us to listen what we dont believe.and against any logic.they say that muhammad. is the last prophet,which is against the belief of the hindus. who believe that if prophets had come in this world it would continue to come as long as there is life. and why should hindus listen some thing which is contradictory to their belief in their own country, five times and more everyday…….

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    • mukundanpr
      May 31, 2014

      There are three spiritual paths in the world: (1) The Path of Gurus (Rishi tradition), (2) Devi-Deva worship and (3) the path of Prophets, When they say Muhammad is the last prophet, in one way it is correct, because no more prophets are going to come in the world in the Prophetical Tradition. The spiritual age of Christianity is 2000 years and Islam 1500 years. Both these religions are going to disappear very soon. Only the perennial path of Gurus will last in the world because that is the law of Manu (not the author of Manu Smriti) and the Manvantara Order.

      If I mention that the path of Deva-Devi worship was over with the end of Dwapara Yuga, the Hindus will not accept it, because almost all of them are ignorant about the Rishi tradition, which reveals that the spiritual evolution of humanity is through the Trikala Jnani Gurus who manifest at every yuga under the Manu Parampara and Manvantara Order.

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  7. Vedic Dharma
    May 31, 2014

    Agreed!
    Loud Speakers in mosques must be banned because it causes Noise pollution. In fact, non of the Islamic Doctrines make it compulsory. In the same way, ban fireworks during diwali because it too causes Noise and Air pollution. Ban Bogi (South Indian festival) where old materials are burnt.
    In fact, in olden days, diwali was celebrated by lighting lamps and not bursting crackers
    Let’s be fair

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  8. Anand Madan
    June 1, 2014

    1. Loudspeakers are not allowed at US at any Public or Religious Places in US. Rather in any Public Big Auditorium/Big Halls there is a Warning Sign “Not more than 100 People (Occupants) or any other suitable number as Coded by The Zoning Laws of the Town. It is strictly followed. Not a Bailable offence. No Appeal. must Comply or pay fine if Ticket is been issued by a COP or a Zone Code Inspector of the town. Hate Speech/Hate Mail against any Race/Religion/Country of Origin also big offences and Strictly Dealt with The Applicable Law. One Word which Run Fear in Mind of US Population is “The Law”. No body want to get involved with the LAW.

    2. There should be a Law that if anyone Publicly or Otherwise Give Hate Speech against any other Religion or Its followers in any manner, Jihad against any other religion Must be Dealt with Capital Punishment. He or She must be Deal with at the first offence. No Leniency. There is a Law exist in the books called Shanti Bhang (Niukse Aman) during Raj. It must be Re-written in detail and all Citizen of India must warned of THE LAW. those individuals who don’t want to abide by such Law should be allowed to leave The Country Never to Return with a 100.00$ Bill. It will still be cheaper to get rid of a MONSTER MF.

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  9. Gaurab Banerji
    June 3, 2014

    Draft Complaint for Lodging FIR against Noise Pollution

    To,
    The Officer in Charge
    [Name & address of Police Station]
    Sir,
    I, [Name], [Age], resident of [Address] hereby make the following complaint under section 154 of the Cr.P.C. with a request to lodge a FIR, without delay.
    Under the Noise Pollution {Regulation and Control) Rules. 2000, there is a ban on [Type of Violation]. Despite the clear-cut provisions of this rule, [Name of Noise Source] is generating obnoxious noise by [Mention purpose] which is a blatant violation of law.
    During the past [Number of days with date] I have witnessed this violation of law. There are many others who are witness to these infringements.
    [Mention readings if possible]. It is also submitted that decibel readings by the instrument bearing the brand name [Details of the brand of the instrument] for the ambient sound was taken around the places where the noise level was prominent and the following results were obtained.
    1. Date, time and precise spot of taking reading:
    2. Decibel value of sound measured:
    In view of the facts stated above the offences against the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules. 2000 read with section 15 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 have been committed.
    For the reasons cited above, the offences committed by the accused persons are cognizable and non bailable in terms of Schedule l(ll) Cr.P.C. As such, offences under section 15 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 r/w Rule 5 and 6 of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, may be registered at once and the FIR filed accordingly.
    A copy of the FIR filed in the matter may kindly be given to me.

    ## Also send letters to Pollution Control Board

    http://www.wbpcb.gov.in/html/pubgriv.shtml

    Member Secretary
    West Bengal Pollution Control Board
    Paribesh Bhawan
    10 – LA, Sector – III, Salt Lake City
    Calcutta – 700098 Phone: 1800- 345-3390 (Toll Free)

    In the following format:

    Name of the complainant:
    Address of the complainant:
    Name of the Industry / Person against whom the complaint is lodged:
    Address of the Industry / Person against whom the complaint is lodged:
    Nature of complaint (Briefly write about the happenings)
    Nature of the Pollution: (Air / Water / Sound)

    ## After lodging FIR wait for 1 month for action. If not action is taken send RTI to Addl. DSP of the area asking for details of action taken vide complaint number PS Case. XXXXX.

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    • Anand
      June 3, 2014

      Yes this may be a Proper Chanel Approach. But who will Tie the Bell on to the neck of the CAT? Hindus are not organized and scared of Blood Bath. But Muslims are not. They are trained to slaughter the Live animal at a tender age of infancy? Therefore are not afraid of Murders and killings. I feel shame that How many Muslims Invaders invaded India in the past and Hindus were silent spectator never United as One force to fight the menace. Result:- India gave passage to a Cult across whole Oriental Regions all the way to Indonasia, including Central Asia all the way to China and Mangolia. Muslims drived all Hindus out of Kashmir? What happened All Hindus across India are sleeping thinking that as long as I am safe I don’t care? Are you waiting for to fight to come to your door steps? Next Trouble will be flaring up in UP 20% Muslim Population. Soon there will be Arson/Looting/Rapes will be the order of the day. Wake Up Make Mohalla Associations of Hindus, Learn Marshall Art, Obtain Gun Licenses. Pose a threat to Trouble makers before it is too late. It was the Dire Mistake on the part of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru to let this menace stayed back in India. They should all must have gone to their Home Land Pakistan still living in 18th. century. Muslim should once again advised to listen to The Speech of Moulana Azad delivered at Jama Masjid Delhi after the conception of Pakistan. The Indian Muslim don’t comprehend that Mohammad Ali Zinha Shia (Hindu Grand father) created Pakistan. But today Shia /Ahemdis/Aghakhani can not call them self MUSLIMS in their own created Pakistan. What Muslims did to Bengalis in East Pakistan. Wake Up Muslims. You must be faithful to the “MITTI” of India who flourish you not an outsider religion Islam. You forefathers were Hindus and forced to embrace Islam by MF Aurangzeb whose Dadi was a Hindu.

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  10. Iqbal Ahamed
    May 11, 2015

    I am from punjab, I am a muslim my house is so near to gurudawara, they play loudspeakers three times a day. 2 hours in morning 4 am to 6 am.then 3 pm to 4 pm…then 7 to 8…….i am not able to sleep and work…because my mind is always in stress because of loudspeakers noise,i tried to fight for it, i went to police, but all my villagers went against me,they called me pakistani and other bad stuff to islam….police officers also took side with villagers, i remain all alone, i got insulted but i get nothing, i am still hearing the noise and i can’t sleep…

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    • Kill All Muslim
      June 12, 2015

      Go to pakistan. that country was made for all muslims of India. what d hell u r doing here.

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      • Prem Chand
        April 23, 2017

        Send these vultures to the place they deserve most.

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    • Nikhil Tandon
      November 19, 2015

      This is really bad, this is the problem with this country. Everything is about religioin and not about co-existing. I’m in a similar fix with not one but 2 mosques around my house that both use the loud speakers at the same time and because i’m hindu i can’t complaint coz it then becomes a hindu-muslim issue and people involved in politics usually wait for opportunities like this to use them for their benefit. I feel sorry for people like you and me.. we don’t have an option but to move out of areas like these…

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  11. sameer
    July 31, 2015

    Loud Speakers in mosques must be banned because the Muslims are not able to understand the harmful effect of noise pollution. Immediately to do work done.
    I also under stress by this noise pollution.

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  12. nikhil bharath
    June 3, 2016

    Loud Speakers in temples near houses must be banned if those are used in unrestricted way disturbing students and ailing persons rampantly.

    Temples must use devotional songs based on scriptures and classical notes of Bharthiya tradition. Such air-casting for a regular and limited period help us to have a spiritual touch without any objection.

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  15. Prem Chand
    April 23, 2017

    I am Prem Chand l am fully agree to put complete ban of loudspeaker.No God can be pleased by sacrificing humankid.No guru or any other peer,diety ever preached to offer them with loud mindblowing nose.Enfofcing authorities are spineless and not taking consolidate action.

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