Recently, Indian High Court of Allahabad has ruled in favor to ban Adhan on loudspeakers or on any kind of amplifiers.
The court said, “We are of the opinion that azaan (adhan) may be an essential and integral part of Islam but its recitation through loud¬speakers or other sound-amplifying devices cannot be said to be an integral part of the religion warranting protection of the fundamental right enshrined under Article 25, which is even otherwise subject to public order, morality or health and to other provisions in part III of the Constitution.”
The decision came after the district administration of Ghazipur district put ban on Adhan called on loudspeakers citing that it promotes people to joing congregational prayer which is suspended in the district due to COVID-19. The central or state government hasn’t issued any notice on the prohibition of Adhan and the administration took the decision on its own.
The petitioners filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) against the decision of the district administration and the court was hearing this petition when it passed the order in favour of banning Adhan on speakers.
The bench also added, “It cannot be said that a citizen should be coerced to hear anything which he does not like or which he does not require since it amounts to taking away the fundamental right of other persons.”
The court has further added that the loudspeakers can’t be used without prior permission from the district administration and if the petitioners want they can seek permission from the district administration.
Indian Muslim minorities are under constant threat from the last five years under the right wing Hindu government led by BJP. It is in addition to several persecution done to them, be it blaming them for spreading coronavirus or beating people to death for being Muslim.