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Allahabad High Court to Hear Ghazipur MP’s Plea against ‘Ban on Azaan’

Lawstreet Journal 4 May 2020 4:21pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Allahabad High Court to Hear Ghazipur MP’s Plea against ‘Ban on Azaan’

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Allahabad High Court was set to hear a plea filed by Ghazipur MP Afzal Ansari on the ban on Azaan put by the district administration. 

Asari in a letter to the court had claimed that an oral order was passed by District Magistrate prohibiting Azaan in the District.

The matter is now put forth for adjudication before Chief Justice Govind Mathur.

Use of Loudspeakers in religious practices: The question of Fundamental Rights:

A few years ago, singer Sonu Nigam caused an uproar after he tweeted against the use of loudspeakers for the early morning Azaan. His expression was followed by hate and several heated conversations over social media. 

While Nigam’s tirade was not met well, in a previous matter (Church of God (Full Gospel) in India v. K.K.R. Majestic Colony Welfare Assn), the apex court had already upheld that, the court may issue directions to control noise pollution even if such noise results from any religious activities.

The judgment read - “Undisputedly, no religion prescribes that prayers should be performed by disturbing the peace of others nor does it preach that they should be through voice amplifiers or beating of drums. In a civilized society in the name of religion, activities which disturb old or infirm persons, students or children having their sleep in the early hours or during daytime or other persons carrying on other activities cannot be permitted”.

Moreover, it is established that the ‘Right to Sleep’ is a fundamental right under article 21, and an adequate amount of… Continue Reading...

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