Lucknow: A few days after the Allahabad University vice-chancellor Sangeeta Srivastava complained about the ban on the use of loudspeakers for azaan in a mosque, the Inspector General of Police, Prayagraj asked the District Magistrates (DM) and Senior Superintendents of Police (SSP) from 10 am to 6 am. The beach has been asked to ensure the use of loudspeaker and ban its sound.
The Director General of Police said that the IG wrote a letter to the DM and SSP of the four districts, asking that all loudspeakers be banned in public places. Srivastava wrote a letter to District Magistrate Bhanu Chandra Goswami, stating that the morning prayers (Azan) from a nearby mosque in the Civil Lines area disrupts his sleep at 5.30 am daily.
In his letter, Allahabad University VC said that his sleep deteriorates every morning and there is a headache throughout the day. In keeping with Srivastava’s complaint, the mosque authorities changed the direction of the loudspeaker and lowered its voice as well.
The Allahabad High Court stated in 2020 that no religion can advocate the use of loudspeakers for worship. While hearing a petition seeking strict compliance of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, a bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Abdul Moin asked the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath whether loudspeakers at religious places Are established after obtaining written permission from the authorities.
Karnataka: Ban on use of loudspeakers in mosques
A controversy erupted this week when the Karnataka State Board of Auqaf (Waqf) cited loudspeakers between 10 am and 6 am during namaz, citing the Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 to mosques and dargahs. Was banned from use.
However, the order was withdrawn, calling on officials of mosques and dargahs to prohibit the use of loudspeakers during namaz between 10 am and 6 am.