Loudspeakers have been removed from 11,000 places of worship in India

Up to 11,000 speakers have been removed from places of worship

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, UTTAR PRADESH – Up to 11,000 loudspeakers were removed from religious places by Wednesday evening (April 27, 2022) following an order from the government of Uttar Pradesh, India. A total of 10,923 speakers were removed from various religious sites in the state and the volume of 35,221 speakers was lowered according to the appropriate parameters.

Uttar Pradesh State Department of Home Affairs as reported by Golf NewsFriday (4/29) removed the use of speakers from eight state zones including Agra, Meerut, Bareilly, Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur and Varanasi.

Of these, the Interior Ministry removed 2,395 loudspeakers and lowered the volume of 7,397 loudspeakers at religious sites in the Lucknow zone, followed by the Gorakhpur and Varanasi zones.

The Interior Department also asked police to remove speakers and people violating noise standards at religious sites across the state. On April 24, an order was issued to remove speakers from religious sites in the state. By April 30, district compliance reports were requested.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said loudspeakers in religious places should not be played loudly and voices should be restricted indoors. He also said microphones should not be installed and that no new speakers would be allowed in religious sites.

A June 2005 Supreme Court ruling banned the use of speakers and music systems in public places between 10pm and 6am (except in public emergencies), citing the serious impact of noise pollution on the health of people living in the area.

Meanwhile, the local government appealed to religious leaders for their support and cooperation to remove the speakers and hold peaceful celebrations of the upcoming festival.

“All religious leaders have been asked to do all possible cooperation to carry out all our agendas successfully. Government officials and our county police have spoken to between 30,000 to 40,000 religious leaders. We have received support. This work will continue,” said Chief Secretary of the Domestic Department, Awanish Kumar Awasthi.

Awasthi said the community and religious leaders worked together to remove the speakers. This is good news for the public, he said, adding that the department would ensure a balanced dialogue should there be any difficulty in removing the speakers.

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