Uttar Pradesh an Indian state has banned the use of loudspeakers. The ban is specifically in religious and public places. The most affected community because of this ban will be the Muslims as Azaan is delivered via loudspeakers.
Uttar Pradesh authorities have ordered that the police removes all loudspeakers from temples, churches, mosques, and gurdwaras. Now it is pertinent to mention here that Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians use bells to call their people to their respective religious place. Muslims, on the other hand, use loudspeakers to call the people for prayers five times a day.
For use of loudspeakers, permission would have to be taken from the respective administrations. The order for removal of all loudspeakers has to be implemented until January 15.
This decision was made after Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court asked the state government that whether there was any written permission taken before installing loudspeakers at religious and public places. This was asked on December 20th.
Then all district magistrates, senior superintendents of police and superintendents of police were asked to create teams and find out the religious, public places where loudspeakers were used without authorization.
UP’s Secretary (Home) Bhagwan Swaroop said, “The direction also requires managers of religious and public places to obtain permission for putting up loudspeakers or any public address system before January 15. If they fail to do so, they will face action under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.”
All the local officials are asked to ensure the implementation of this rule.
Swaroop added, “We have directed all district magistrates, senior superintendents of police and superintendents of police to file the report by January 22.”
The court has then given directions to the Secretary (Home) and Chairman, State Pollution Control Board, to take six weeks in filing separate personal affidavits and in detail explain the steps taken to ensure the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. If the affidavits are not filed within the prescribed time both officials would have to be present in person before the court.